A DUI conviction is not something you can take lightly, especially in Arizona! It carries hefty fines and a possible jail term.
If you are in a situation where you cannot avoid drinking, make sure your BAC remains within the legal limits. When drinking, keep the following in mind:
- Typical drinks like wine, beer, and spirits contain the same volume of pure alcohol. Thus, a breathalyzer will treat them the same way.
- Breathalyzers are not 100% accurate. Thus, it would be wise to keep your blood alcohol way below the legal threshold.
- Get an alcohol breath tester for your personal use. It may even be less reliable than what police officers use. Thus, it may motivate you to stay well within the allowable limit.
- Bear in mind that even if you have stopped drinking, your BAC will still continue to rise.
- Once your BAC peaks, it will drop by around .015 after an hour. A .05 BAC takes around 3 1/3 hours to drop to a 0 reading, and a .08 BAC takes around 5 1/3 hours.
- Munch on some food from time to time while you are drinking.
- If you are at a party or gathering, delay taking your first alcoholic beverage for as long as you can.
- Pace your drinks. Having one alcoholic drink every 1 ½ hours will help keep your BAC at low levels.
- Take non-alcoholic beverages in-between alcoholic drinks.
- Instead of gulping down your drinks, sip and savor them.
- Avoid playing drinking games with your friends. You may lose track of how much you have been drinking when you are having the time of your life!
- Stay away from punches, as well as drinks that come in unusual shapes or sizes of containers. It is often difficult to tell their alcohol content. It will be hard for you to pace your drinks.
- Avoid getting pulled over. This is because even if you have legal BAC, the officer may still charge you with a DUI. One way to do this is to make sure your vehicle is in good running condition. Likewise, make sure your tail lights are good. Otherwise, you may be giving an invitation to the police to pull you over. Make the proper signal when you are about to change lanes, and obey traffic rules. But, if you still get pulled over, just be polite when talking to the officer.
- This last tip is foolproof. Do not drink, or let a designated driver take you home.
By following the tips provided in this post, you can avoid a stressful DUI conviction, and all the expenses and inconveniences that come with it. But, if you are already facing a felony charge, your best move would be to hire a reputable lawyer.
Call the Law Offices of Gary L. Rohlwing for a consultation. Atty. Rohlwing has extensive experience in handling DUI cases in Arizona. He will help you get the best possible outcome for your particular case.