It's a new weekly feature on-air and online, called "Legally Speaking" with Michelle Suskauer, a Board Certified criminal trial attorney for well over 20 years and a past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. 

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Monday is St. Patrick's Day, which means parties all weekend.  For folks who partake in too much alcohol, they won't be feeling the so-called "luck of the Irish". 

Longtime local defense attorney and former President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Michelle Suskauer, says obey those traffic laws if you're on the roads this weekend, or you could wind up having to prove that you're not drunk. 

"How many green beers does it take to get you over the legal limit?  You'd be surprised that it doesn't take as much as you think to get you over the .08, which is the legal limit in Florida and most states across the country."

Suskauer tells us police will be looking for drunk drivers and you don't want to give them any reason to believe you are one.

"It's realistic to assume that if you're out late at night, especially on St. Patrick's Day, you've been in a bar, whether you've been drinking or not, if you're in a bar you're going to be smelling like alchol.    If you're stopped, you have to expect that there may be a question as to whether or not you're driving under the influence."

Stay safe this weekend.  AAA has its Tow to Go program in effect.  Click Here for more on that.


You can reach Michelle Suskauer at and follow her on Twitter @criminalDfense.

Michelle Suskauer is a Florida Bar Board Certified criminal trial attorney, practicing for over 22 years with the Suskauer Law Firm.

She is a past President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Chapter and is currently on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Trend's Legal Elite and Florida Super Lawyer.

You may have also seen Michelle on our NewsChannel 5 partners, as she is their legal analyst.  She also appears as a legal expert on several national cable networks including Fox News, CNN and NBC. 

Photo courtesy of Michelle Suskauer