Finally, Minnesota is ready to host Super Bowl LII at the U.S. Bank Stadium this weekend. Celebrities, events and the general glamour of the year’s biggest sports event will grace the Twin Cities. Even residents who plan to stay home up north to watch the game feel a little extra excitement.

Amidst the celebration, however, there is a risk that some fans could end up with a criminal record by the end of the weekend. With the increase of bar events, downtown parties and casual gatherings, alcohol will certainly make an appearance. Fans are encouraged to think about ways to avoid drunk driving ahead of time.

There are several strategies for fans to prevent DUI charges, including:

  • Appoint a designated driver
  • Call a ride-share service, such as Uber or Lyft
  • Swap your beer for soda
  • Ask to stay the night instead of driving home
  • Plan a route home by bus or train

Furthermore, fans who host parties with alcohol could end up responsible for guests who crash. Hosts should help their guests stay sober by offering alternative beverages as well as assist guests who have had too much to drink.

The possible punishments for a DUI charge are in stark contrast to the delight of the big game. Impaired drivers could lose their license, pay fines, and even spend three months to one year behind bars. Police will most likely be on high alert over the weekend to catch drivers before they crash and hurt themselves or the people around them.

If you encounter DUI charges over the Super Bowl weekend, you will probably have many questions and concerns. Your criminal defense attorney can help you understand the situation and defend your rights in court. This weekend, fans should be able to enjoy the thrill of the sport – not the consequences of a DUI.