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Common misconceptions about DUIs

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2022 | Drunk Driving

There are a lot of myths out there about driving under the influence charges. First, you need to know what is true and what is a misconception.

Here are common misconceptions about DUIs and the truth behind them.

You have to have a BAC higher than .08 to receive a DUI

Chances are, you probably think you must have a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher for an officer to arrest and charge you with a DUI. Even if your BAC is lower than this threshold, an officer can arrest you for an alcohol-based DUI.

Driving carefully prevents you from receiving a DUI

No matter how careful you are, the police can still catch you for drunk driving. DUI laws are becoming much stricter, so more DUI checkpoints exist.

Law enforcement must see you driving for valid DUI charges

It is a common belief that an officer must see you driving a vehicle to provide you with a DUI. However, they only need to reasonably assume you were operating the car to arrest you on these charges.

Eating or waiting one hour lowers your BAC

Many people will wait an hour or try eating something to lower their BAC. But unfortunately, these are not reliable methods to help you avoid DUI charges.

If you ever encounter a DUI charge, figuring out the truth to these myths can help you understand your charge. Then, you will have enough information to decide if you should dispute your charges or take the plea bargain.