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Delaware police announce DUI checkpoints

As 2013 draws to a close, people in Wilmington and throughout Delaware will be getting together with family and friends to celebrate.
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    December 31, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As 2013 draws to a close, people in Wilmington and throughout Delaware will be getting together with family and friends to celebrate. While it is important to enjoy the holiday season, drivers should be aware that Delaware police are stepping up efforts to stop and arrest those they suspect of driving under the influence.

Recently, the Delaware Office of Highway Safety announced that it will be conducting two DUI checkpoints at the end of the year. The first will take place on the evening of Friday, December 27. The second will take place on Tuesday, December 31. The first checkpoint will be a joint effort between the New Castle County DUI Task Force and the Delaware State Police, while the New Year's Eve checkpoint will be conducted solely by the DUI Task Force.

Since Thanksgiving of this year, a total of nine people have been injured and two people killed in car accidents related to drunk driving, according to the OHS. From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day last year, 54 people were injured and three people were killed in drunk driving accidents.

Police in Delaware are serious about preventing DUIs and a conviction can result in extremely harsh penalties, including fines and, in some cases, even jail time. According to the OHS, the total costs for a first DUI offense are approximately $6300. This includes:
- $4290 in court costs and fines
- $480 for the installation and maintenance of an ignition interlock device, a machine similar to a Breathalyzer that requires a driver to submit a breath sample before his car will start
- $900 for eight weeks of mandatory counseling classes, which typically last two to three hours and meet once each week

Of course, those convicted of a DUI are also likely to face additional costs due to increased insurance premiums, car repairs and finding alternate means of transportation. In addition, a first-time DUI offender can lose his license for up to 24 months, which can make it difficult to get to work, run regular errands and attend social events. Indeed, even one DUI conviction can fundamentally change the way in which a person lives his life.

If you have been arrested for a DUI, speak to a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. An experienced criminal defense lawyer understands the stakes and recognizes the need for aggressive representation. Speak to an attorney today to learn more about how to protect your rights.

Article provided by Law Offices of Francis E. Farren, Esq., P.A.
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