Debunking Common DUI Myths

Debunking Common DUI Myths

What you should know about Driving Under the Influence.

Those who are caught Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can face serious repercussions, including huge fines, license suspension, community service, mandatory counseling or treatment and possible jail time (even for first time offenders)—and let’s not forget how it could affect you and your loved ones for years to come. Unfortunately, there are many common myths about DUI that can complicate matters and even prove detrimental if you are pulled over for suspicion by a police officer. We’re here to debunk common DUI myths and help educate you on the facts regarding DUIs, so you can make informed decisions should you face a DUI stop or be officially charged.

MYTH #1:

If you are stopped by a police officer for suspicion of a DUI, you should admit that you have been drinking alcohol.


While you should not lie to a police officer, you are under no obligation to answer this question. Responding with “no comment” or “I do not want to answer that question” is your best option, as anything you say during your conversation with the officer could be used against you later.

MYTH #2:

You must cooperate with the police and submit to ALL tests, including the Sobriety Field Test and Breathalyzer.


While you should definitely be courteous to the police officer, you do have rights! Many of these tests, such as a Breathalyzer and a Field Sobriety Test, can result in false positives. If you do choose not to participate, it’s probably best to refuse the roadside Sobriety Field Test, which can yield subjective and unreliable results. However, if you refuse a breath, blood or urine test, the police officer may seek a warrant to force you to submit a blood sample.

MYTH #3:

If you drink and drive carefully like a well-meaning citizen, you won’t get stopped or pulled over.


In 2011 alone, over 1.2 million people were arrested and charged for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Narcotics. Checkpoints are often set up so you’ll be encouraged to find a safe ride home if you’ve been drinking. If you choose to drink and drive anyway, these checkpoints are aimed to stop you—and they come with consequences!

MYTH #4:

Eating food, sucking on a penny, chewing gum or mints, or holding your breath before blowing will throw off the results of a Breathalyzer.


NONE of the above will alter your results. While eating food BEFORE drinking will aid in the absorption of alcohol into your blood, it will not lower your BAC once you’ve stopped. Sucking on a penny is simply an old legend, and studies have shown that holding your breath before taking a Breathalyzer makes no difference at all. And chewing gum or mints? Police offers are used to this kind of trick and will assume you may be trying to hide something—guilt.

MYTH #5:

Any attorney will suffice when it comes to defending you on a DUI charge.


Nothing could be more false! Every case is unique, and when it comes to a DUI arrest, it’s personal. You need a hard-fighting DUI firm on your side that will take the time to get to know you, your situation and your individual case. At Tandy Law Firm, we will provide the powerful legal help you need to get the results you deserve.

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