3 myths that can lead to DUI charges

On Behalf of | Aug 18, 2023 | DUI

Many people have different ideas about how traffic stops and DUI arrests work. Because of the complexity of the law and common misconceptions, many people suffer from DUI charges that could otherwise have been avoided.

It may help you to understand what myths can lead to DUI charges. Here’s what you should know:

Myth #1: You can’t be charged with a DUI while driving slowly

Truth: Many people will drive slowly while intoxicated to avoid police suspicion. While drivers may be safer for doing so, that doesn’t mean they can’t be charged with DUIs. Driving too slowly is one of the things the police look for when guarding against drunk drivers.

Myth #2: You can’t refuse to answer any questions 

Truth: The police often ask drivers questions to gather evidence that might prove that the driver is inebriated. Many drivers believe they are required to answer any questions asked by the police. However, drivers have the right to plead the Fifth, allowing them to avoid any self-incriminating statements. 

Myth #3: You should suck on a penny during breath tests

Truth: If the police ask a driver to do a breath test, the driver may try to suck on a penny. It’s believed that pennies can confuse breath tests and give inaccurate readings. However, the science behind this is far from accurate. Sucking on a penny doesn’t help during traffic stops (and you could choke).

Drivers who believe their rights were violated during traffic stops may need to understand how to create a legal defense.