There are many DUI myths that are told and retold again, which can lead to a lot of confusion.
It may help drivers to learn more about some of the most common myths surrounding DUI. Here’s what you should know:
Myth 1: You can drive after drinking coffee
Truth: It’s commonly thought that coffee can counteract alcohol. In other words, it’s believed that coffee would negate the effects of alcohol. However, coffee does no such thing. Alcohol will still be in the body after drinking coffee.
Myth 2: You must answer questions from the police
Truth: The police will likely ask you questions during a traffic stop. These questions may involve where you were driving, where you’ve been, if you’ve been drinking or if you’re aware of the reasons the officer stopped you. You can assert your Fifth Amendment rights, which afford you the protection to not answer questions and avoid saying anything that would be incriminating.
Myth 3: Field sobriety tests are always accurate
Truth: A field sobriety test is a physical evaluation. An officer may evaluate a driver’s focus, muscle control and ability to follow directions. These tests, however, are judged based on the officer’s best estimation. In other words, an officer may not accurately assess a driver’s condition.
Myth 4: Breath tests can be tricked with mouthwash
Truth: Alternatively, an officer may use a chemical breath test to get a blood alcohol content (BAC) reading, or the amount of alcohol in someone’s body. Some people believe that breath tests can be tricked. For example, some people may use mouthwash. However, mouthwash often contains alcohol and can raise a BAC reading.
Myth 5: A DUI charge will not affect you
Truth: A DUI conviction could lead to severe penalties, such as incarceration, fees and license suspension. Furthermore, a DUI conviction can affect your education, employment and your housing situation.
It can help drivers to seek legal guidance if they’re facing DUI charges.