3 common myths about DUI traffic stops

Published on
May 10, 2023

DUIs are fairly common, so many people don’t think they’re serious. They can significantly impact your life, though, so it’s vital that you take steps to defend yourself if you’re stopped and accused of one. If you’re involved in a traffic stop, remember that not everything that people say is true is the truth. There are many myths about DUI traffic stops that it’s time to debunk.

  1. The police can legally stop you at any time

If you are stopped by the police, one thing to ask yourself is why they stopped you. It is not legal for the police to pull you over without reasonable cause. For example, if you were speeding, then an officer would have the right to stop you. If you were doing nothing wrong, then the stop could be illegal and any evidence gathered could be inadmissible in court.

  1. You’ll never get a DUI if your blood alcohol concentration is under .08%

The unfortunate truth is that a DUI can be given no matter what your blood alcohol concentration is, even if it’s as low as .01%. While it is less likely for you to face a DUI with a low BAC, it’s still possible. .07% is the per se limit, which means that the officer doesn’t need more evidence to arrest you for a DUI. That doesn’t mean that with additional evidence that they are unable to.

  1. Breathalyzer tests are 100% accurate

‍Finally, remember that Breathalyze tests are not 100% accurate, though some would like to make you believe that they are. Anything from medical conditions to the calibration of the unit itself could throw off the results and show a positive result or one higher than is accurate. Now that you know more about these myths, remember that you can defend yourself if you are accused of a DUI. While you may feel that the officer has evidence and that it’s hard to fight your case, the truth is that there are many ways to question the process starting at your traffic stop. It’s possible that administrative errors were made or that there are other explanations for your driving behaviors. A good defense may help you avoid a DUI.

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