Arrests for driving under the influence during the holiday season don’t just happen to people with a drinking problem. As we inch closer to the start of a new calendar year, state and local law enforcement will begin to ratchet up the emphasis on DUI patrol and enforcement. For many years, law enforcement has allocated extra resources to patrolling the streets and highways in an attempt to crack down on holiday drunk driving. This year will be no different.

Obviously, increased pressures and stress are often placed on many people during the holiday season. A drink or two to relax may ease the stresses, but the chances of getting arrested for a DUI should give you pause. More DUI arrests occur during the holidays than at any other time of the year. In 2008, there were 1,029 people who died in drunk-driving related crashes in California, as well as an additional 28,457 who were injured, according to state officials.

You don’t have to have a drinking problem to get a DUI. Far too often people try to play the numbers game and assume they’re fine to drive. People believe that given enough time, plus the amount of drinks consumed, they can get themselves under the “legal limit” and able to drive. However, we’re all capable of exercising bad judgment.

That’s where alternative sentencing comes in. The facts show that the majority of those arrested for DUI are not alcoholics. In fact, more than half are first offenders who are not going to repeat the experience. However, if you are arrested for DUI, having someone on your side that can make this case in court is vitally important. It can mean the difference between jail time and treatment.

If you, your client, or someone you love has received a DUI during the holidays, you should seek help. Creative Care may be able to help reduce DUI sentences and drug sentences. We serve as client advocates to the court systems, helping clients fight for addiction treatment instead of jail time. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Creative Carefor more information. 1-800-832-3280