How to Avoid A DUI/DWI Conviction #1
Many of our clients are responsible about their drinking: they don’t drink too much, they stop drinking hours before driving, and make an honest assessment of their motor skill capacity before deciding to drive home. And yet, they are shocked and disappointed when they are arrested for DUI/DWI anyways.
First, we strongly recommend you never drive drunk, buzzed, tipsy, etc. If you can feel the effects of alcohol in your system, then you stand in the best position to make a responsible choice.
However, in Virginia, the blood alcohol content (BAC) “permissive inferences” kick in at .08 (frequently referred to as the “legal limit”) and the General Assembly has not banned the purchase or consumption of alcohol outright, so the law recognizes, at least tacitly, that it is legal for adults to consume alcohol responsibly and drive afterwards. The challenge to Virginians and those driving on Virginia highways is how to assess their level of impairment.
Second, get a second opinion. Unfortunately, alcohol impairs your judgement, so ask a buddy to help! Ask a friend, preferably one has not been drinking, to assess how much you’ve had to drink and how much food you’ve eaten, etc.
Or, install one of many BAC apps available for your smart phone. Take these with a grain of salt, but they could give you a good clear indication of what your BAC may be. Some portable breathalyzers are also sold online.
Third, it is better to be safe than sorry. If you feel like you’re on the edge, choose not to drive just to be safe. Ask a friend to drive, wait out an extra hour than you think is necessary, stay overnight, or take a taxi.
So, how do you avoid a DUI/DWI conviction? The easiest way starts with deciding to not drive and improving your ability to make that choice.Posted by Editor | 0 comments