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Some Myths about DWI

There are a lot of myths that circulate about how to avoid a DWI, or even some of the circumstances surrounding DWI. Most of them, however, are entirely false. Listed below are a few of those myths and the truth about them.

Myth 1: People who don ‘t drink cannot be arrested for DWI.

It is possible for some people ‘s bodies to produce enough alcohol on their own to make them look intoxicated. For this reason, it is possible for a person who has not had any alcoholic beverages to blow a 0.08 or higher on a breathalyzer test. In these cases, the person is considered legally intoxicated and is arrested for DWI.

Myth 2: Diabetics with hypoglycemia who appear to be drunk can be cleared of suspicion with a breathalyzer test.

Hypoglycemia can cause acetone in the breath. Breathalyzers read this occurrence of acetone as alcohol, making it seem like the hypoglycemic person has a high BAC. This, like the body ‘s natural alcohol, can lead to false arrests. There is an estimated one in seven drivers who are diabetic. This means that one in seven drivers is at risk for false arrest.

Myth 3: Field sobriety tests and breathalyzers are the most accurate way to identify intoxication.

Clemson University conducted a study in which police officers judged whether or not a person was too drunk to drive based on field sobriety tests. All of the drivers were completely sober, but 46% were judged too drunk to drive. On top of that, breathalyzers are almost never reliable in their accuracy.

Contact a Dallas DWI Lawyer

If you have been accused of DWI, please contact the DWI lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter at 214.651.1121.

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