3 Alternatives to Jail Time for First-Time DUI Offenders

cheers-839865_640Letting your hair down, to party or on your birthday, is something you can do once in a while to relieve stress and unwind after a rough day. But if it includes drinking, make sure you bring along a designated driver or you could be facing a DUI charge.

The simple definition of DUI is that it is the act of driving a vehicle after having consumed alcohol, and in some states, if you are charged you might end up in jail. However there are 3 alternatives to jail time for first-time DUI offenders.

1 One Day in Jail Plus Suspension

As long as your blood alcohol level is under .15 it is not considered high enough for you to be charged with extreme DUI. For the first time offender, this means less jail time.

Under Arizona law, you are required to spend a minimum of 10 days in jail for this misdemeanor, but with a skilled Phoenix DUI lawyer, it may be possible to receive a suspension of 9 days so you only have to serve one day in jail. In addition, that one day doesn’t necessarily mean 24 hours. The time spent during the booking process along with the time it took for the original arrest might also be considered part of that one day. What that means is a period of time spent in jail of less than 24 hours.

2 Ignition interlock

This device can be attached to your car and it works by forcing to blow into a tube before your car will start. It measures your blood alcohol and if it is zero, you should be able to start your car.

If it is anything above zero, you may be left sitting in your car with no way to get to work or any other place you might be trying to get to. Keep in mind, the offender must pay for the cost of the device as well as any monthly charges incurred from the continued monitoring.

3 Home Detention

Another alternative to jail time for the first time DUI offender is home detention. Of course, there are costs associated with this arrangement and they are pretty steep. Depending on the court, they could run anywhere from about $10 to $30 per day for this electronic monitoring device, and there are certain requirements that must be met before you are eligible for this program.

For example, you must live in the county in which you were incarcerated and you must not have a history of violent behavior. There are other requirements as well, such as not having been convicted of a serious offense or having received a sentence as a dangerous offender. You must not be being held for other violations in any jurisdiction and a judge can decide you are ineligible. Remember eligibility itself is still not a guarantee, because the county may not even offer the program.

While there may be other penalties associated with a DUI in addition to jail time, the bottom line is, be responsible when you go out. If you are going to let your hair down by drinking, have a designated driver or some other plan in place. This way you won’t even have to worry about getting a lawyer in the first place.

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Wedding Expenses that are Totally, Definitely and Truly Unnecessary

You may have dreamt about your wedding day all your life. But when the day finally arrives, it could get out of hands quickly, especially when it comes to sticking to your  budget.

Couples save money for years, and even take out loans to have their dream wedding. Don’t let the multimillion dollar wedding industry fool you. Some of the expenses at weddings are completely unnecessary. You can certainly enjoy the perfect day without useless expenses that push you into debt. So, here is a list of ridiculous wedding expenses that you should definitely avoid at yours:

Designer Shoes

Remember those Manolo Blahniks from Carrie and Mr. Big’s Sex and the City wedding?

As gorgeous as they were, the shoes would have added close to a $1,000 in total wedding costs. This is, frankly, stupid. Yes, every bride wants to dress nice. But wedding shoes are not worth spending that much money on. Once the bride wears the dress, no one is going to see the shoes anyway. So, don’t waste your budget on things like designer shoes and jewelry. Instead, focus your attention on what’s truly important.

Paper Programs

It’s a time-honored wedding tradition to present guests with paper invitations, programs, and menus. Though you might want to continue this tradition, consider the costs. Wedding programs and cards have highly inflated prices. You will have to spend a fortune on these, especially with a big guest list. So, the smart thing to do is to make paper items digital, which is a lot cheaper. It’s convenient for both you and the guest. Everyone is dependent on their smartphone and computers nowadays. So your guests will appreciate getting an e-invitation.  You can print a limited number of paper items for elderly or Luddite guests if necessary.

Coverings for Chairs

Some couples insist on getting chair covers for their wedding. Unless you are renting very old chairs, there’s really no need for chair covers. If you are worried that the chair colors don’t match the overall color scheme for the event, don’t rent them. Rent good chairs in the color you want and save yourself the money wasted on chair covers.

Over-the-Top Favors

Favors are a staple at many a wedding. Some couples go out of their way to buy wedding favors for their guests. If you feed your guests well and receive them graciously, wedding favors really are not needed. Your budget can go out of control if the guest list is big. Therefore, instead of getting many wedding favors, install a photo booth for guests to take pictures. You can also pass around digital cameras so guests can snap what they want, which you can share with them later.

Also, don’t overindulge yourself on expensive hair and makeup techniques. You can look beautiful without sending $3,000 on nail polish alone.

When you plan your wedding, it’s crucial to recognize what’s important and what’s not. The reception, for example, is important. So, it’s not a waste of money to spend a bit on feeding the guests. Similarly, recognize the important expenses, and eliminate the insignificant ones.

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