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Every day can be beer day if you believe in yourself. But International Beer Day this Friday can give casual beer consumers a chance to cheers with connoisseurs and cicerones over the latest and greatest in IPAs, sours, or standard lagers. It also opens the door for overconsumption.

Part of celebrating beer is not drinking too many beers -- after all, after a few too many you can't enjoy the subtle hop complexities in a well-executed pilsner. The other part is not getting behind the wheel after drinking. So before you raise a goblet, nonic, or pint tomorrow, spend a few minutes with our latest and greatest DUI posts:

Officer Can Draw Blood of Unconscious Driver Without Warrant

Intoxication and consent -- it's a complicated topic. The very definition of consent, what it means to be able to give it, and how intoxication factors into consent, has been the subject of heated debate. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a police officer can draw the blood of an unconscious driver without a warrant, and without actual consent.

One of the most common penalties for a drunk driving offense is having your driver's license suspended or revoked. In addition to whatever other court costs, fees, and fines, the inability to drive -- to work, the grocery store, or elsewhere -- can have a huge, negative economic impact on your life.

In an attempt to balance the criminal penalties for a DUI with a person's need to pay their bills, many states offer what is known as a DUI hardship license. So, what is it and how do you get it?

Depending on where you're pulled over, there are a varying amount of consequences for refusing a field breathalyzer test. In just about every state, your driver's license may be immediately revoked upon refusal. In some jurisdictions, prosecutors might be able to point to that refusal as an implicit admission of guilt, while in others, prosecutors may not comment on the refusal at all.

And in some Chicago-area counties, police may start fast-tracking warrants for a blood draw.

5 Driving Myths You Should Know

We here at FindLaw have heard our fair share of driving stories, tips, and tricks -- especially when it relates to traffic laws, the police, and the legal system. So whether you're about to hit the road or smarting from a ticket you don't think you deserve, check out our favorite five driving myths.

DUI With a Child in the Car: What Are the Legal Consequences?

While DUI laws vary from state to state, most -- if not all -- states treat DUIs more seriously if the driver has a minor in the car while driving under the influence. A woman in West Virginia, for example, who was recently arrested for a DUI with her 18 month old child in the car, is now facing charges for child neglect for creating risk of injury, which is a felony.

She's also been charged with driving under the influence with an unemancipated minor in the vehicle. As can be seen from this woman's arrest, getting a DUI with a child in the car can result in more serious legal consequences than driving alone or with an adult in the car.

Is 'Autopilot' a Defense to a Drunk Driving Charge?

Technology may be breaking barriers, but that doesn't mean drivers should be breaking laws. A San Francisco Bay Area driver, charged with driving under the influence after being found asleep behind the wheel on the Bay Bridge last week, apparently claimed that his Tesla was on autopilot when confronted by the California Highway Patrol.

That might be a new one, but it wasn't a successful one. As the C.H.P. noted on Twitter afterward, "no it didn't drive itself to the tow yard."

With few exceptions, every state set the blood-alcohol bar for drunk driving at .08 percent. And most state alcohol consumption laws are similar, as well. But states are, pardon the pun, all over the map when it comes to marijuana enforcement, ranging from therapeutic CBD oil use only in severe medical cases to legalized recreational use. So it's only natural that state laws regarding marijuana-involved drugged driving offenses would vary as well.

California, which just legalized it starting this year, also announced it would eschew a standard THC limit on high driving. So how do cops know when a driver is too high?

California once prohibited any licensed liquor manufacturer or seller from offering any gift or free goods in connection with the sale of any alcoholic beverage, as a way to prevent bars, brewers, and distillers from enticing over consumption of their product. That extended to giving patrons a free ride home if they were too tipsy to get behind the wheel.

But no longer. A new law allows alcohol manufacturers and licensed sellers to offer free or discounted rides to drinkers via ride-sharing services, cabs, or other ride providers to make sure they get home safely. Designated drivers, rejoice!

Top 5 Holiday DUI Tips

The holiday season is a time for celebrating and for spending time with family. And where there are celebrations, libations are sure to follow. But all that holiday drinking doesn't need to lead to drinking and driving charges.

Here are some general legal tips and holiday-specific advice for avoiding DUIs this holiday season, from our archives: