Celebrate Freedom and Avoid a DUI this Fourth of July

As the Fourth of July approaches, it’s time to celebrate our freedom and enjoy the festivities. However, it’s important to remember that drinking and driving can quickly turn a joyous occasion into a legal nightmare. 

At Russo, Pelletier & Sullivan P.A., the leading DUI defense law firm in Clearwater, we are committed to helping you stay safe and avoid the serious consequences of a DUI arrest. Here are our tips to ensure a DUI-free Fourth of July.

Best Way to Avoid a DUI: Don’t Drink and Drive

The most effective way to avoid a DUI is simple: don’t drink and drive. Instead, opt for alternative transportation methods such as designated drivers, ride-sharing services, or public transportation. By making responsible choices and planning, you can safeguard your freedom and protect yourself and others on the road.

Highly Patrolled Roadways Over the Holiday Weekend in Pinellas County

Here are a few specific locations in Pinellas County where law enforcement tends to patrol more heavily during the Fourth of July holiday weekend:


  • Memorial Causeway leaving Clearwater Beach
  • 4th Street in St. Petersburg, especially when leaving or entering downtown
  • The Courtney Campbell Causeway westbound as people are returning to Pinellas County from Tampa
  • Gulf Boulevard from St. Pete Beach down to Indian Shores
  • Largo, in the area of Ulmerton Road and US Highway 19 North

Best Practices if You Are Stopped by Law Enforcement for a Suspected DUI

In the unfortunate event that you are stopped by law enforcement for a suspected DUI, it’s crucial to know how to handle the situation appropriately. Remember the following best practices:

Stay Calm and Respectful

Remain composed and cooperative during the interaction with law enforcement officers. Avoid arguing or exhibiting aggressive behavior, as it may escalate the situation.

Invoke Your Rights

You have the right to remain silent and the right to legal representation from a leading DUI defense law firm in Clearwater, like Russo, Pelletier & Sullivan. Politely exercise these rights by respectfully declining to answer any potentially self-incriminating questions until you have a lawyer present to advise you.

Refrain From Performing Field Sobriety Tests

Field sobriety tests are voluntary, and you have the right to refuse them. These tests can be subjective and potentially used against you in court. You should know that these tests are very hard to perform, even if you have not been drinking. When you add in the stress of a potential arrest, your chances of performing in a way that the officer finds satisfactory are low. If you refuse the tests, you will likely be arrested. However, you will also be depriving the State Attorney of this important, pivotal evidence.

Know Your Rights with Respect to the Breath Test

If you are arrested for a DUI, law enforcement is going to try and convince you to provide a breath sample. Law enforcement will go to great lengths to tell you the consequences of refusing a breath test. What they often will not tell you are the consequences of providing a breath test. Here are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • If it is your first offense, you are eligible to apply for a hardship license whether you blow or refuse a breath test if you had a valid license at the time of the arrest;
  • If you provide a breath sample and it is above .150, you may not be eligible for a diversion program that you would have qualified for if you had refused; and
  • If you provide a breath sample and the result is above .150, the penalties are greater than if you had refused.

If you or a loved one is facing DUI charges this Fourth of July, seek professional legal guidance from a top Clearwater DWI lawyer with Russo, Pelletier & Sullivan to help you reduce or eliminate your DUI charge. 

At Russo, Pelletier & Sullivan, P.A., our team of top DUI lawyers in Clearwater is ready to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome. Celebrating freedom should never come at the expense of your future. Don’t hesitate to request a free DUI consultation or call us at (727) 291-9717.sd    

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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