Five DWI Myths Everyone Should Know

There are many myths about DWIs that are perpetuated. While it is important to take advice into account, you should make sure that you know what’s a myth and what is a true fact. If you ever have any doubts about your situation, you should contact your lawyer. It is imperative to arm yourself with knowledge in order to help yourself in the future. The following are five DWI myths that we have debunked for you!

First Myth: “Alcohol on the breath” is a reliable sign of alcohol consumption and intoxication.

First Fact: Actually, alcohol is odorless, meaning it has no smell. When you breathe out, your breath is actually only the odor of the things that are commonly in alcoholic beverages. For example, when you drink mimosas, you are expelling the orange juice smell, not the alcohol smell. Thus, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) estimates made by police officers based off of odor are unreliable.

Second Myth: People who abstain from alcohol and are “alcohol-free” can’t be arrested for DWI.

Second Fact: Surprisingly this is false! Despite not having consumed alcohol, even “alcohol-free” people can be arrested for DWIs. How? Well, the human body produces its own supply of alcohol naturally on a continuous basis. It’s called endogenous ethanol production. Therefore, we always have alcohol in our bodies and in some cases people produce enough to become legally intoxicated and can be arrested for DWI.

Third Myth: Diabetics suffering from hypoglycemia (which causes slurred speech, disorientation, staggering, drowsiness, poor motor control, and flushed face) can take the Breathalyzer test that will clear them from suspicion.

Third Fact: Actually, hypoglycemia causes acetone in the breath, which the Breathalyzer will record as alcohol on the breath. Unfortunately, about one of seven drivers is diabetic and at risk of false arrest and conviction for DUI/DWI. That’s why it’s important to get the right lawyer!

Fourth Myth: Field sobriety tests, based on scientific principles, accurately identify intoxicated drivers.

Fourth Fact: Actually, in a study conducted by scientists at Clemson University, officers were asked to decide whether suspects were too intoxicated to drive legally. Unknown to the officers, none of the suspects had a BAC above .000. However, in the professional opinion of the officers, 46% of the completely sober individuals were too drunk to drive! Therefore, use of field sobriety tests led to judgments by law enforcement officers that were about as accurate as flipping a coin

Fifth Myth: Breathalyzers and other breath testers are accurate.

Fifth Fact: There are many, many sources of error in breath testers. Even in the absence of any common problems and under ideal conditions, alcohol breath testers simply lack precision.

These five myths are important to keep in mind if you have been pulled over for a DWI. It is important to have the right lawyer if you are charged with a DWI. If you want a group of experienced lawyer, then you should contact us today.

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