Law enforcement can pull over cars under the suspicion that the driver is drunk. An officer may believe a driver is drunk if they were seen leaving a bar, swerving between lanes or running lights, for example. If an officer has enough evidence, then the driver could be charged with driving while impaired (DUI)
A DUI charge could drastically change someone’s life. Unfortunately, many people face criminal charges because of misinformation they hear from friends or relatives or read online. It can help people to unlearn a few misconceptions about DUIs. Here’s what you should know:
Myth 1: Drink coffee to sober up
Truth: Coffee can help improve people’s focus and give them an adrenaline boost to stay awake. People will try to drink coffee after drinking alcohol to appear sober. However, people can still feel drowsy and unfocused after drinking coffee because of the effects of alcohol.
Myth 2: The police will let you go if you tell them you were drinking
Truth: While many people say honesty is the best policy, that doesn’t mean every detail needs to be disclosed during a traffic stop. Drivers may need to invoke their Fifth Amendment rights during a traffic stop. By invoking their rights, drivers can avoid making self-incriminating comments.
Myth 3: Standardized field sobriety tests are always accurate
Truth: The police may ask drivers to prove they are sober by performing standardized field sobriety tests (SFST). SFSTs are physical examinations, and they include the walk-and-turn or one-legged stand test. However, these tests are subject to the judgment of the police officer directing them and are not terribly accurate. A disability or prescription medication could also make it harder for people to pass SFSTs.
Drivers who are facing DUI charges need to learn about their legal options for a defense. A simple mistake shouldn’t be allowed to drastically affect your life.