Every driver has heard countless myths of supposed ways to sober up in a jiffy, from chugging black coffee, to taking a cold shower, to just “shaking it off.” But studies have proven there is no quick fix to sobering up. In fact, the only effective way to become sober after drinking is time. No matter how many times the “sober up now” myths have been debunked, some people still think they can quickly sober up and get behind the wheel. One Florida man thought as much when he allegedly tried to drive off his intoxication.
Michael Moore of Stuart, Florida was pulled over on February 13th after police noticed he was speeding. Arrest records reveal that when the officer approached Moore, he noticed telltale signs of intoxication. The arresting officer claimed that Moore had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and smelled strongly of alcohol. When questioned about this, Moore told the officer that he had been drinking but was trying to “drive it off” in order to sober up. Moore blamed his wife, saying that he was trying to sober up because she said he was drinking too much. Police were incredulous at the excuse, and administered in-field sobriety tests. After failing the tests, Moore was arrested and charged on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Following the arrest, Moore’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level was tested, and shown to be at 0.104%. The legal limit in Florida, and every other state, is 0.08%.
Trying to drive in order to sober up can easily lead to a DUI or DWI charge. Driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while intoxicated are both charges directly relating to operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol. Like other false methods to sober up, “driving it off” does not work. Unlike trying to sober up with coffee or cold showers, trying to drive off intoxication can lead to a DWI charge. Driving while intoxicated is still illegal, regardless of why the driver decided to get behind the wheel.
Every state has some form of DUI or DWI that penalizes drivers impaired by alcohol. The main difference between DUI and DWI charges is the level of impairment. Often , state laws differentiate between impaired and drunk driving charges based on a driver’s blood alcohol content, or “BAC.” For example, in New York, a driver whose BAC is 0.08% or more can be charged with a DWI. Driving While Ability Impaired, or DWAI, is a charge brought against drivers whose BAC is between 0.05% and 0.07%.
Many of these charges lead to serious penalties, including driver’s license suspensions or revocations, high fines, and/or jail time. It is important for drivers charged with a DWI or related charge to call an experienced DWI lawyer. New York drivers can call our team. Our DWI attorneys have years of experience successfully representing New York drivers charged with DWI. The best step to take after being arrested is to get in touch. You will get a free case evaluation and expert legal advice. Contact us today.
DISCLAIMER: The exclusive purpose of this article is educational and it is not intended as either legal advice or a general solution to any specific legal problem.