More than 6,500 DUI arrests were made in 2015 in the state of Illinois. Approximately 90 percent of those arrests involved drivers that who were well over the legal limit. What lands someone in such a situation, though? The answer may surprise you. After all, most know that it is both illegal and dangerous to drive intoxicated. Even more interesting is what you can do to protect yourself, should you ever find yourself in the same position.
More Complicated Than a Drink an Hour
If you have ever heard the commonly-repeated maxim, “it takes one hour to metabolize one drink,” you probably think you know your tolerance level. Unfortunately, you could be wrong. Alcohol metabolism is far more complicated than just limiting yourself to one drink an hour. Weight, age, gender, and even ethnicity can all impact how fast or slow you metabolize a drink. For example, men can usually consume more alcohol than women because they have more body water than women. What you eat (or fail to eat) beforehand can also play a role in how you metabolize alcohol.
Delayed intoxication is also an issue – one that most people assume is a myth. Yet, if you fail to eat, are on certain medications, or drinking a type of alcohol you do not usually consume, you may find yourself a victim of this sneaky condition. If you do, and you are driving when it happens, immediately find a place that is safe to pull over, park your vehicle, and call a friend or a cab.
Should You Fight a DUI Charge?
Unfortunately, some may learn this information too late. Many may have thought they were okay to drive, either because of delayed intoxication, or because they overestimated their limit. Many who are charged with DUI will simply accept the situation. They lose their right to drive and their records are forever scarred. Do not let this happen to you! Know and exercise your rights, including your right to fight against the charges and to hire legal counsel.
Contact Our Illinois DUI Defense Lawyers
Consequences of a DUI can be expensive and long-lasting. Further, a conviction remains on your criminal record for the rest of your life. Contact an experienced Wheaton DUI defense attorney to help you avoid such consequences. Dedicated to your best interests, we will defend your rights every step of the way. Ask how we can help with your case by scheduling a free, confidential consultation today.