It's no secret that drinking and driving is never a good idea. When you drink, your judgment can quickly become impaired, which can lead you to think you're okay to drive--even when you're not. To be safe, it's always best to avoid drinking at all if you plan on driving in order to avoid a life-altering DUI charge. On that note, there are also a number of common myths about DUIs that you should understand the truth about.
Myth 1: You're Safe if You're Under .08
While it's true that you're not legally over the limit until your blood alcohol level reaches .08, this doesn't mean that you're in the clear if your blood alcohol level is, say, .06. In many states, you can still be charged with impaired driving, which can have serious implications on your life. The only way to avoid being charged with any crime related to drinking and driving is to drive sober 100% of the time.
Myth 2: You Have to Submit to Sobriety Tests
In the event that you are pulled over under the suspicion of drunk driving, there's a good chance that you'll be asked to complete any number of field sobriety tests. However, what many people don't realize is that you are under no legal requirement to submit to these tests. You have every right to refuse to them, though you should keep in mind that doing so could lead to you being subjected to a blood draw.
Myth 3: If You Pass a Sobriety Test, You're Free to Go
On the other hand, don't think that if you agree to take field sobriety tests and pass them, that this will get you off the hook automatically. If you pass your sobriety tests but officers still suspect that you may be under the influence, you could still be required to be brought in for a blood draw or to take a breath test for a more accurate determination. Sobriety tests are only a preliminary form of investigation.
Myth 4: There Are Ways to Beat a Breath Test
Finally, don't think that you can outsmart law enforcement or the tools at their disposal if you choose to drink and drive. The idea that you can "beat" a breath test by placing a penny in your mouth (or any number of other ideas) simply isn't true. There is no way to beat a breath test if you aren't sober.
If you have been charged with a DUI or impaired driving, contact an attorney such as Patricia K Wood Atty for assistance in battling the charges.