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What if you’re sure you didn’t drink enough to be over the limit?

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2022 | DUI

If you drink before driving, you need to keep a close eye on how much you drink and what you drink.

Yet, telling an officer who pulls you over what you drank is not going to convince them to spare you. What’s worse, it will harm your defense chances. If they ask you whether you have been drinking or ask what you drank, it is generally best to say no, or guard silence, as is your right.

Telling them that you only had one 375ml  bottle of named brand cider which is 5.4% alcohol volume, won’t help your case. The police have no interest in what you drank and even if you tell the truth, they might not believe you. After all, the drivers out there who drink a whole bottle of Jack before taking the wheel are hardly going to admit to that if stopped.

Admitting to drinking gives the police something to go on

Maybe an officer had no idea you had been drinking. Perhaps they were just stopping you for a faulty taillight. Or, perhaps they suspected you might have been drinking, but when you started talking to them, you seemed fine, and if you had not admitted to having a drink, they would have let you go.

You cannot work out your blood alcohol content (BAC) by what you drank

It’s certainly wise to understand how a particular drink will affect your BAC, but there is more to it than that. Sometimes a drink someone serves you is stronger than you expect. Sometimes you forget about the drink you had a few hours before or forget that drinks from the previous night could still be in your bloodstream.

Getting legal help to know what you should and should not say if arrested for drunk driving will help your defense.