When people are pulled over under the suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), they may do strange things they heard from friends or off the internet in an attempt to get away without charges. Many of these myths don’t do anything to help – and some may get you into worse trouble.
The best way to stay out of trouble is by debunking myths that may make a DUI charge worse. Here’s what you should know:
Myth #1: Gum and breath mints can trick a breath alcohol test
Truth: Gum, breath mints, mouthwash, cough medicine and toothpaste may worsen your chances of passing a blood alcohol test. Many hygiene products have trace amounts of alcohol in their ingredients. Trying to pass a breath test with gum and breath mints could end up costing you a DUI charge.
Myth #2: Caffeine and a shower will sober you up
Truth: There’s no science behind caffeine and showers sobering people up. Alcohol may stay in your system for six hours and stay on your breath for 24 hours. No action can cause someone to sober quicker.
Myth #3: You’ll be just fine after a nap
Truth: Time is the best way for alcohol to leave your body. Sleeping may not sober you up entirely, but it may cause you to drink less, which would otherwise prolong alcohol in your system. Napping for a short time may not be long enough for the alcohol to leave your body, even if you feel more alert.
Myth #4: DUI charges aren’t that big of a deal
Truth: You shouldn’t treat DUI charges lightly. You should reach out for legal help who can provide you with more answers and help you understand what defenses are available.