Two DUI Myths That Could Hurt You!

Two DUI Myths That Could Hurt You!

Being convicted of driving under the influence can have serious repercussions, including a hefty fine and suspension of your licence. The actions you take immediately after being stopped on suspicion of DUI could either strengthen the state’s case against you or give you a fighting chance of having the charges dropped. Here is a look at two common myths on DUI charges that could complicate your legal defense.

A field sobriety test is mandatory

Many folks believe that they are legally mandated to a pre-arrest preliminary field sobriety test after a DUI stop. The truth is that you have a legal right to refuse any sobriety testing at the scene and opt for chemical testing.

If intoxicated, you are better off refusing to agree to any field sobriety tests, which are usually based on a subjective determination by the officer, and have your DUI lawyer supervise a mandatory blood alcohol test (BAC) at the station. Failing a preliminary breath or sobriety test will only give the officer irrefutable evidence for a DUI charge.

Blood alcohol testing is usually more standardized, and your DUI lawyer can use legal loopholes to fight the charges such as question the accuracy of the testing device.

Tricking a breathalyzer

Some folks believe that mouthwash, breath spray of fresh mints can help mask or reduce alcohol scent during a breath test. In truth, such tricks generally won’t work, and you may end up failing the breath test. In fact, mouthwash and breath spray typically contain alcohol and may potentially increase the level of measurable alcohol during the breath test.

If you or a loved one needs legal advice on DUI or other driving related charges, please contact us today.

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