Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense with significant consequences. Yet, misconceptions abound, leading to confusion and misinformation. At ANTN LAW, we believe in demystifying legal processes, starting with these four common DUI myths.
Many assume that as long as their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is under 0.08%, they’re in the clear. However, this isn’t always the case. Impairment can occur at lower BAC levels, and if it affects your driving, you can still be charged with a DUI. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, even a BAC of 0.02% can affect visual functions and the ability to perform two tasks at the same time.
The term ‘DUI Myths’ often brings alcohol to mind, but DUI encompasses more than just booze. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and illegal substances can also impair driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that marijuana users were about 25% more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use, although other factors – like age and gender – also add to crash risk.
Refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test can lead to automatic penalties, such as license suspension, under implied consent laws. The California Department of Motor Vehicles outlines these consequences, emphasizing that refusal can be used against you in court.
This myth is particularly detrimental. With the right legal strategy, DUI charges can be contested. Factors like the accuracy of breathalyzer tests or the legality of a traffic stop can be crucial in your defense. It’s important to consult with knowledgeable attorneys who can navigate these complexities.
Now, for a Dash of Humor: Outlandish DUI Myths
Some believe that the copper in a penny will neutralize the alcohol. Not only is this untrue, but it’s also a choking hazard. Plus, pennies are mostly made of zinc!
Breath sprays might freshen your breath, but they won’t fool a breathalyzer. In fact, some sprays contain alcohol and might even raise your BAC reading.
Q: What should I do if I’m stopped for suspected DUI?
A: Stay calm, be polite, and provide the requested documentation. You have the right to remain silent and to request an attorney.
Q: How long does a DUI stay on my record?
A: In many states, a DUI can remain on your driving record for up to 10 years. The specifics can vary, so it’s best to consult local .gov websites or your attorney for detailed information.
Q: Can a DUI charge affect my employment?
A: Yes, it can. Employers may conduct background checks that reveal DUI charges, which can impact hiring decisions, especially for roles requiring driving.
ANTN LAW understands the anxiety that comes with facing DUI charges. We provide free consultations to help you understand your rights and options. With our experienced attorneys, you’re not alone in this battle. We meticulously analyze each case, challenge evidence, and negotiate with prosecutors to aim for the best possible outcome. Remember, a charge is not a conviction, and every detail matters in your defense.
Should you need our assistance, our online form is available for you to fill out at your convenience, connecting you directly with our team. We are ready to stand with you, offering expertise and a robust defense strategy tailored to your case.
For more information on DUI laws and penalties, check out California’s Official DMV website.