When you were sitting at home on a late Friday night, you grabbed a couple beers and sat down in front of the TV. You were enjoying yourself and not causing any harm.
You received a phone call that your friend needed to be picked up from the local bar. They were far too intoxicated to drive, so they asked you for a ride. You only had a couple drinks and felt fine, so you didn’t think about alternative options before you hopped in your truck and headed down the street to pick them up.
Unfortunately, that decision is what put you in the position you’re in now. You face DUI charges for intoxication, all because you were trying to be helpful to someone else. Unfortunately, an officer saw you go out of your lane and decided to pull you over. Your blood alcohol concentration was only .05%, but combined with your alleged “reckless” driving, the officer determined that you were too intoxicated to drive.
Can you really face a DUI if you’re under the legal limit?
Yes, you can. That’s why it’s never a good idea to drive, even if you’ve only had a single drink. Though the .08% limit requires no further evidence for the police to arrest you, they can arrest you at a lower limit if you’re showing true signs of intoxication and fail field sobriety tests.
Fortunately, you can work with an attorney if this happens to you. Call your attorney before you speak with the police to give them anything other than your identifying information. It could help you avoid saying anything that could hurt your case and result in a DUI charge sticking.