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Common myths about DUI offenses

On Behalf of | Jan 30, 2024 | Criminal Law |

Many individuals have misconceptions about driving under the influence offenses. These misconceptions can cloud individuals’ understanding of the legal consequences and implications.

Therefore, it is important to dispel these myths, provide accurate information and promote awareness.

Only alcohol can lead to DUI

Alcohol-involved traffic deaths reached 13,384 people in 2021. Therefore, the police have real concerns about DUI infractions. However, contrary to popular belief, DUI offenses are not exclusive to alcohol consumption. While alcohol is a common factor, any substance that impairs one’s ability to operate a vehicle safely can result in a DUI charge.

You cannot get a DUI on private property

Some individuals believe that they can drive under the influence on private property without legal consequences. However, DUI laws often extend beyond public roads. Individuals who drive while impaired on private property may still face legal repercussions.

Refusing a breath test guarantees no consequences

There is a misconception that refusing a breath test automatically shields drivers from legal consequences. However, refusal can lead to administrative penalties, such as license suspension.

Only heavy drinkers get DUIs

Another common myth is that only individuals with a high alcohol tolerance are at risk of DUI offenses. However, even small amounts of alcohol or drugs can impair individuals’ abilities to drive safely. Factors such as body weight and metabolism vary from person to person, making it difficult to predict how substances will affect individuals.

You can talk your way out of a DUI stop

Attempting to talk your way out of a DUI stop is not a reliable strategy. Law enforcement officers receive training to assess impairment. Therefore, drivers should comply with lawful requests.

To avoid legal consequences, drivers should avoid drinking and driving.