FAQ: Do DUI Arrests Increase in the Summer?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense with potentially severe consequences. As we enjoy the balmy summer months, many people wonder whether DUI arrests tend to increase. Summer brings about more gatherings, outdoor festivals, and vacations, which often involve alcohol consumption, and yes, DUI arrests.  


At Stechschulte Nell Law, our skilled DUI defense attorneys have extensive experience in handling such cases in the Tampa Bay area. Our team understands the complexities and nuances of DUI cases, especially during the summer when DUI arrests tend to increase.  


Let’s discuss why DUI arrests are common in the summertime.  


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Why Do DUI Arrests Increase in the Summer?  


Summer brings numerous celebrations, parties, and outdoor events. It’s a time for vacations, barbecues, and road trips. Unfortunately, increased social activities often involve alcohol consumption, leading to a rise in DUI incidents. 


Some key factors contributing to this trend include:  


  • Holiday Events: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day are popular summer holidays that often see increased alcohol consumption and driving. 
  • Vacation Travel: With schools out and families taking trips, more people are on the roads, often driving in unfamiliar areas and possibly after consuming alcohol at social gatherings. 
  • Youth and Recreational Activities: Young adults and teens are out of school, attending parties and events, sometimes leading to risky behavior, including driving under the influence. 

Summertime DUI Statistics 


Research and data highlight a clear spike in DUI-related incidents during the summer months. Consider these statistics: 


  • 40% of DUI arrests occur between June and August  
  • Weekend DUI arrests are 50% more common in the summer 
  • Annually, the 4th of July holiday has the highest number of DUI arrests  
  • DUI traffic stops and arrests at night occur 35% more often in the summer months 


The data paints a clear picture: summertime is synonymous with an uptick in DUI arrests, which is why we are available to take your call any time day or night, and offer FREE DUI case reviews for drivers in Tampa Bay and beyond.  



Legal Consequences of a DUI Arrest  


A DUI arrest can lead to severe legal consequences that can profoundly impact your life. 


If you are arrested and charged, you could face hefty fines, loss of your driver’s license, and even jail time. For first-time offenders, fines and legal fees can exceed $10,000. If injuries or fatalities occur due to your impaired driving, the penalties become much harsher, including long prison sentences. Plus, repeat offenders face even stricter consequences such as permanent license revocation and mandatory jail time. 


On top of legal issues, having a DUI on your record can significantly increase your car insurance premiums, jumping by an average of 90% for full coverage. In some cases, insurance providers might even drop your coverage altogether, leaving you scrambling to find a new policy, often at a much higher cost. The long-term financial impact of a DUI goes beyond just higher premiums; it can also classify you as a high-risk driver, making future insurance rates perpetually higher.  


Read More > The Impact of a DUI on Car Insurance  


How We Defend Summer DUIs 


When you’re facing a DUI charge in the summer, it can be a stressful experience. But you don’t have to navigate it alone.  


Our defense strategies often include:  


  • Challenging the Traffic Stop: We examine whether the initial traffic stop was lawful. If the police lacked reasonable suspicion or probable cause, we might argue that any evidence obtained should be suppressed. 
  • Reviewing the Evidence: Our team meticulously reviews all the evidence, including police reports, dashcam footage, and breathalyzer test results. We look for inconsistencies or procedural errors that could strengthen your defense. 
  • Questioning Sobriety Tests: Field sobriety tests and breathalyzer accuracy can often be challenged. We investigate whether these tests were administered correctly and whether the equipment was properly maintained and calibrated. 
  • Exploring Alternative Explanations: Factors such as medical conditions or faulty equipment can affect DUI test results. We explore all possibilities to present a comprehensive defense on your behalf. 
  • Negotiating for Reduced Charges: When appropriate, we negotiate with prosecutors to seek reduced charges or alternative sentencing options such as DUI Diversion Programs, aiming to minimize the impact on your life. 


With our personalized and thorough approach, we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients who are facing DUI arrest. Contact us for a consultation today.  


Don’t Let a DUI Derail Your Summer  


If you find yourself facing a DUI charge this summer, understanding the implications and having experienced legal guidance is crucial. Our team at Stechschulte Nell Law stands ready to provide the support and expert defense you need in the days after your arrest.  


Don’t let a DUI arrest ruin your summer – contact Stechschulte Nell Law today for a FREE case review and let us help you navigate your legal options effectively. 

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