The most wonderful time of the year is finally here… along with a slew of parties, gift-exchanges, awkward reunions, company get-togethers, and family gatherings. The one thing they all have in common? Booze, and occasionally a little bickering. 

But don’t worry. You’ve got this! With a little luck and some helpful pointers from your friends at Thiessen Law Firm, you can make it through the holidays without having to return gifts for bail money.

1. Ho, Ho, Blow (Don’t Bleed)

Ever notice how there are more cops on the road the closer it gets to Christmas? Let’s just say they aren’t out there to spread tidings of good cheer. They know people are leaving holiday parties… and they know that the holidays aren’t the only spirits in the air. 

So, if an officer pulls you over on a cold December night and they suspect that you’ve been driving drunk, agree to a breath test. If you don’t, not only could you lose your license, you will be made to take a blood test. And trust us, you don’t want that. 

Give Me the Truth About Blood Tests  

2. Believe your eyes

Have you ever seen one of these on the road?

That’s a real cop who can really pull you over. In 2017, HPD and YellowCab Taxi partnered on a campaign meant to make you think twice about driving under the influence, and they roll out these sneaky vehicle wraps during DWI-heavy time periods like Christmas time. 

What’s Up With Unmarked Cop Cars?

3. ♪ Flying through the air, with an old felony… ♪

It wouldn’t be the holidays without someone bugging you to fly up and visit or join them on a holiday vacation. But what about your old criminal convictions? Could you get stopped at the gate because of a mistake from years ago? Well, it all depends on where you’re going and what you did. 

The Truth About Traveling with a Criminal Record

4. So what about the uh… “Christmas Trees”? 

Hey, we’re not here to judge. Some family gatherings are a lot more bearable after a joint and a walk around the block. But if you’re traveling, even to a state where weed is legal, you could be in for a very unmerry Christmas if you bring your bud to the airport.

Why Flying High Isn’t Worth It

5. Quit procrastinating!

The last thing you need during the holidays is assault charges and/or car insurance deductibles, and your odds of having both increases every day you wait to brave the Galleria parking garage to do last-minute shopping. 

Don’t let that be you. Don’t wait until Christmas Eve to buy your gifts.

6. Easy on the eggnog…

Head’s up y’all, eggnog can be dangerous. It may be easy to knock back, but eggnog can clock in anywhere between 14-20% ABV. That’s about 3-4x the ABV you’ll get in a Bud Light. And you may not think you’re drunk, but the legal limits are easy to hit and they aren’t exactly fair. 

Tell Me The Problem With .08

7. ♪ Oh what fun it is to ride and sling… back an open can of beer… ♪

Not so fast. Whether you’re the driver or a passenger, having an open container of alcohol can land you in hot water. You may think no one can see, but cops can spot a hip flask or a beer can from a mile away. Best case scenario, you get a citation for violating open container laws. Worst case scenario, you’re on the side of the road testing for DWI.

Who Can Get In Trouble for an Open Container?

8. It’s all about family

Sharing child custody is never fun, but it’s not uncommon for things to get a little bit tense around the holidays, even with a parenting plan set up. If your ex is already starting to get sketchy about your visitation schedule, stay cool and make sure you know your options. 

How Holiday Custody Works

9. Leave the red noses for Rudolph

Nothing will ruin the holidays more than getting caught with “Christmas dust.” Just because small amounts of weed won’t get you arrested anymore doesn’t mean other drugs like cocaine can’t get you in serious trouble. And by serious trouble, we mean possible jail time. 

Why Getting Caught With Coke is Bad News

10. Keep your eyes on the prize

After the office Christmas party has rolled around and the days on your calendar begin inching even closer to the 25th, it can be easy to forget about work and let the good times roll. We’re here to remind you that as bad as a DWI or public intoxication charge can be for your personal life, it can absolutely wreck you professionally. Have fun, but take it easy.

11. Treat Santa right

If you’re reading this and you don’t know what’s up with Santa, we have a lot of questions. Whether you play Santa or know someone who does, give them more to look forward to than just milk and cookies. Trust us, those toys will get put together a lot faster this way. 

12. Relax, have fun, and enjoy your time with loved ones

The holidays are the last time to go looking for trouble. After all, we’ll still be here for you in the new year. So for now, make the most of the time off and the family togetherness.

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thiessen Law Firm

Mark Thiessen is an aggressive trial lawyer best known for his devotion to justice for his clients and high rank as a DWI Super Lawyer in Texas.