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Common myths about drunk driving and DUI

| May 28, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

If you get arrested for drinking and driving, you could face serious consequences. Some of these include the requirement to pay a fine, loss of your driving privileges and potential jail time.

You may face the penalties of a DUI if you drive with a blood alcohol content level at or above 0.08%, states the California Driver Handbook. Even though there are clear rules about drinking and driving, many myths surrounding drunk driving and DUIs still exist.

Eating can lower your BAC level

Having food in your stomach can slow the absorption process of alcohol into your bloodstream. However, eating while drinking cannot lower your BAC level. The only way for your BAC level to go down is to wait after consuming alcohol.

Putting pennies on your tongue can trick a breath test machine

Some believe putting pennies on their tongue while taking a breath test can change the way that the machine detects alcohol. This is untrue and law enforcement officials will check your mouth before administering a breath test during a DUI arrest.

Refusing to cooperate with law enforcement is beneficial

You may disagree with a law enforcement official’s decision to pull you over for drunk driving. But exhibiting aggressive or uncooperative behavior could make the situation worse and raise suspicion that you are at fault.

Navigating the process after getting pulled over for drunk driving can be intimidating and confusing. Do not fall victim to common myths surrounding the DUI process and follow all administrative instructions provided by official government agencies after your arrest.