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3 DUI misconceptions that should be dispelled

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2024 | Drunk Driving Charges |

Driving under the influence is illegal in Colorado and can potentially result in life-altering consequences. Unfortunately, there are still some common misconceptions “in the water supply” about DUIs that can lead otherwise responsible adults to engage in risky behaviors.

If you’re a motorist who imbibes alcohol from time to time, it’s crucial to understand and dispel these misconceptions.

Misconception #1: I’m fine as long as I’m not swerving all over the road

Alcohol affects your judgment and reaction time long before your driving becomes noticeably erratic. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair your ability to:

  • Make quick decisions
  • Process information
  • Respond safely to unexpected situations on the road

Moreover, the legal limit for a DUI is set based on a level of intoxication that is demonstrably dangerous, but even below that limit, your driving skills may be compromised.

Misconception #2: Refusing a breathalyzer test will help my case

Some assume that by refusing the test, they can avoid providing potentially incriminating evidence against themselves. In reality, Colorado has express consent laws. Therefore, refusing a breathalyzer test post-arrest can result in harsher consequences than if you had cooperated. Refusing a breathalyzer test can potentially lead to your license being suspended, even if you’re absolved of impaired charges.

Misconception #3: Coffee/cold shower/a greasy meal will sober me up

There is no magic trick to sobering up quickly. These methods might make you feel more alert for a short time, but they have no real impact on your blood alcohol content (BAC). The only way to truly sober up is through time – your body metabolizes alcohol at a set rate, and that can’t be rushed.

The key takeaway? When it comes to DUIs, the only safe choice is a completely sober driver. Giving up these misconceptions and making responsible decisions can help ensure you avoid harsh DUI penalties. With that said, if you make a misstep and end up arrested for a DUI, having an experienced legal team by your side can help you battle the charges as effectively as possible.