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Common myths and misconceptions about DWI charges

On Behalf of | May 16, 2024 | DWI |

Driving while intoxicated charges are serious, but there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding them that can lead to confusion and misinformation.

Drivers should understand the truth about DWIs.

Only alcohol can lead to a DWI

One of the most prevalent myths is that DWI charges only apply to alcohol consumption. However, DWI laws also encompass driving under the influence of drugs, including prescription medications and illegal substances. Any substance that impairs an individual’s ability to drive safely can result in a DWI charge.

You cannot get a DWI if you are below the legal limit

In 2022, alcohol consumption contributed to 13,524 preventable motor vehicle deaths. Some people believe that as long as they are below the legal blood alcohol concentration limit, they will not face DWI charges. However, if law enforcement observes visible impairment or their driving becomes affected by alcohol or drugs, these individuals can still face DWI charges.

Refusing a breath test will help your case

Another misconception is that refusing to take a breath test will prevent a DWI charge. While refusing the test may delay immediate evidence against a driver, it can lead to harsher penalties such as license suspension or even automatic presumption of wrongdoing in some jurisdictions. Prosecutors can use your refusal as evidence in court.

You can talk your way out of a DWI stop

Some people believe they can charm or persuade law enforcement officers into letting them off the hook during a DWI stop. However, this can often make matters worse Drivers should remain polite and cooperate with the officer’s instructions. They should avoid arguing or making excuses.


Those who have consumed alcohol, drugs or anything else that could impact their driving should call a rideshare or cab company so they get home safely and without criminal charges.