Common DUI Myths - Don't Fall for Them
Driving while intoxicated is considered a serious offense and is subject to severe penalties in all 50 states.
Despite the stern consequences that are often involved in alcohol or drug-related accidents, many inaccurate myths exist about how people can avoid or get out of a DUI charge.
Top 5 Myths About Getting a DUI/OWI/DWI Charge
- MYTH 1: It's always better to refuse to provide breath or blood when suspected of a DUI. FACT: Refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test or blood test as part of a DUI stop may itself be a crime.
- MYTH 2: Police officers cannot lie to you. So if they say they'll let you go once you take a breathalyzer test, they must honor this promise. FACT: Various courts have said it is legal for police to lie to suspects in order to obtain evidence and secure convictions.
- MYTH 3: If you pass all field sobriety tests, the police will release you. FACT: The police understand that field sobriety tests are not always accurate. Therefore, if they think you are driving while under the influence, they can request further testing.
- MYTH 4: If you just drink a small amount, you don't have to worry about getting behind the wheel. FACT: Any amount of alcohol can affect your judgment on the road. Alcohol influences each person differently, depending on factors such as body weight and the regularity of this type of consumption. It's always ideal to refrain from driving immediately after drinking any alcoholic beverages, however small.
- MYTH 5: Once you're arrested for drunk driving, it's fine to be belligerent and act argumentative in the back of the police car. This behavior can't be held against you. FACT: Police officers are constantly observing the behavior of alleged DUI offenders. Additionally, there is a good chance you are being recorded the minute you step into a police car. This evidence could be seen by a jury in a DUI case and may lead to aggravated or additional charges.
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