The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and lots of people are planning to celebrate. If you’re among them, do yourself a favor and remember that it’s easy to get carried away with all of the festivities. The last thing you want to do is to end up in an accident or in jail because of an out-of-control celebration.
Here are some tips that can help:
Don’t drink and drive
Sure, you’ve heard that before, but it always bears repeating — especially around Independence Day. The Fourth of July is the single most dangerous day for drunk driving accidents, so you can generally expect highway patrols to be beefed up and cruisers to be patrolling near the bars looking for anybody that might be behind the wheel while inebriated. If you have to travel after drinking, get an Uber.
Keep your party private
If you’re hosting a party, make sure that you don’t broadcast the festivities so loudly that the neighbors complain to the authorities. Remember: Fireworks (with a few exceptions) are not legal in Connecticut unless you have a license, so don’t start shooting off bottle rockets from your backyard unless you want the police to show up.
Know your rights
Finally, make sure that you understand the protections afforded to you under the law if trouble does come calling. If the police knock on your door, remember that you’re entitled to refuse them entry to your property under most circumstances unless they have a warrant. If you’re pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, it’s your legal right to remain silent about where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing.
If you do end up facing criminal charges after the holiday, make sure that you get some experienced legal advice about your situation as soon as possible.