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3 myths that will not protect you from DUI charges

On Behalf of | Nov 19, 2023 | Drunk Driving |

Today, the internet is full of misinformation. While there are still many good resources that can help people, there’s also a lot of information that can create harm

For example, there are a lot of misconceptions about DUI charges and how people can avoid them. Here are a few common myths that you should avoid: 

Myth 1: Coffee will sober you up before you hit the road

Coffee can help suppress the feeling of sleepiness. People often feel more alert and focused after drinking coffee. As a result, people often try to suppress the effects of alcohol with a cup of coffee. 

Coffee does not, however, sober people up. Many people will still feel unfocused if they drink coffee after drinking alcohol. Furthermore, the blood alcohol content (BAC), which is the amount of alcohol found in the body, will stay the same if people try to sober up with coffee. 

Myth 2: You only get pulled over if you’re driving fast

Many people who drink and drive will attempt to drive slower to avoid police suspicion. While this may help people get home safely, it doesn’t guarantee a driver won’t be pulled over. The police could still pull over a vehicle if they notice a vehicle not using its lights, swerving between lanes or driving through no-turn streets.

Myth 3: It’s better to let the police know you were drinking

During a traffic stop, the police can ask drivers a few questions to help them gather evidence. These questions may include asking if a driver was drinking or where they were driving from. Some people believe they could be let go if they are honest and admit to drinking. However, it’s possibly better if drivers plead the Fifth, even if they were not drinking. Pleading the Fifth is a way drivers can avoid questions that could cause self-incriminating comments. Even sober drivers can benefit from this because a comment could, unsuspectingly, lead to admission to a crime. 

If a driver believes their legal rights were violated during a traffic stop, they may need to learn about their defense options.