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DUI myths you should know

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2024 | Blog, Criminal Defense

Driving under the influence is a serious offense that can have significant consequences.

However, it is important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to DUI charges.

Breath tests are infallible

Breath tests can produce inaccurate readings due to medical conditions, improper calibration or even certain foods. While breath tests are a valuable tool, they are not flawless, and challenging their results is a valid course of action.

You cannot receive DUI charges if you are below the legal limit

Alcohol-involved accidents contributed to the death of 13,384 people in 2021, and not all these individuals were above the legal limit. Some may think that as long as their blood alcohol concentration is below the legal limit, they cannot receive DUI charges. These charges depend on BAC levels and observable signs of impairment.

Refusing a breath test guarantees no charges

Some individuals think that refusing a breath test will automatically protect them from DUI charges. However, this refusal can lead to serious consequences, including license suspension or other administrative penalties, even without a DUI conviction.

Only alcohol can lead to DUI charges

Driving under the influence can involve any substance, including illegal drugs, prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs, that impairs the driver’s ability to drive safely. Law enforcement receives training to recognize signs of impairment beyond alcohol.

Field sobriety tests are foolproof indicators

Many believe that field sobriety tests, such as walking in a straight line or standing on one leg, prove impairment. However, these tests are subjective and factors like weather conditions, health issues or nervousness can influence them. Failing a field sobriety test does not guarantee a DUI conviction.

The safest defense against a DUI is to avoid driving impaired in any way. Individuals should call for rides or prearrange transportation if they imbibe.