California Drunk Driving Defense - Fictions to Consider
Rather than considering these factors when working with your California drunk driving defense attorneys after an arrest, we’d like to present recurrent fictions regarding the consumption of alcohol and the facts surrounding an arrest. These fictions or myths should be treated as generalities, and not as advice to follow per se, but in serving as California drunk driving defense attorneys for many years, Gold and Witham, Attorneys at Law, have heard several misnomers from our clients that, if understood correctly, could prevent the necessity to ever retain a California drunk driving defense attorney.
Fiction: Eating and/or Waiting for a period of time will lower the BAC
One of the most common misunderstandings we’ve heard regarding alcohol in our years serving as California drunk driving defense attorneys is that our clients have believed that eating food or waiting for awhile after their last drink will lower the alcohol content in the system. This simply is not true. Food may help with the immediate narcotic effects of the alcohol, but it will not lower your BAC. The highest level your BAC will reach is generally achieved within one hour of your last drink, as your system is attempting to “catch up” to your consumption rate.
Fiction: Spraying breath spray into my mouth will lower my BAC
Any California drunk driving defense attorney will tell you that in several cases, the opposite is true. Many breath-fresheners, specifically those that come in a spray form, contain active ingredients that will actually add to your BAC instead of reduce it. Not to mention, any experienced police officer will be able to decipher whether or not you’ve just ingested breath-freshener, and this could only heighten his or her level of suspicion.
Fiction: Putting pennies or metal in my mouth will “defeat” the Breathalyzer
As common as this belief is among those who’ve been arrested, and as often as we’ve heard this “strategy” in our years as California drunk driving defense attorneys, this is simply not a fact, and couldn’t be more inaccurate. Not only will a police officer generally make sure that you don’t have anything in your mouth before you take a breath test, the mere presence of metal will not affect the results. This is an urban myth.
Fiction: Refusing to get out of the car or cooperate with police will help my chances
Again, no California drunk driving defense attorney would agree with the notion of being uncooperative with a police officer during a custodial situation of any type. You owe it to yourself to be polite and cooperative with any police officer who stops you, as antagonism will only serve to make your situation worse, and if you’re arrested for DUI, the prosecutor will be told whether or not you were a cooperative subject. You’ll make things much easier on yourself and your California drunk driving attorney by making sure to treat the police officer with civility.
These are just a few of the fictions we’ve encountered during our years as California drunk driving attorneys, but rest assured that there are many more. The best way you can avoid a DUI arrest is to not drink and drive - it’s the only method that’s 100% effective. However, if you have been arrested for a DUI, you need to contact Gold and Witham, Attorneys at Law, IMMEDIATELY for a consultation. You have no time to waste, and we need to hear a full description of the events that took place that led to your arrest.