Many people enjoy ringing in the new year with a celebratory drink, but this can also lead to more arrests for driving under the influence over the holidays.

The LA Times reported that DUI arrests on New Year's Eve more than doubled from 2014 to 2015. Statewide, the California Highway Patrol made 1,072 arrests, up from 457 the previous year. While there were more officers on patrol than previous years, the huge increase was still surprising.

This year, California drivers may see even more officers on the road. The CHP recently announced the launch of a new Statewide Impaired Driving Enforcement program that runs from October 2016 through September 2017. CHP also participates in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement initiative. This year, drivers can expect lots of officers on patrol on New Year's Eve looking for violators.

If you are planning to drink as part of your New Year's celebration, arrange a sober ride. Getting home safely is the right way to start 2017.

A sober ride is also the best way to avoid the severe consequences that come from a DUI arrest. If convicted, you could lose your vehicle, your license, or even face jail time. Fines can be substantial, and the penalties increase with each offense.

If you are arrested for DUI, don't try to face it alone. DUI cases are complex, and experienced legal representation makes a difference. The Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson can help. Mr. Johnson has the criminal defense background and expertise needed to fight DUI charges. He can investigate all aspects of the stop and aggressively defend you in court.

If you need help with DUI charges over the holidays, contact us online or by phone at 408-246-3004 for a free initial consultation.