Many people assume that they’re sober enough to dive the morning after they go out drinking — or simply have a few too many drinks at home. Once they sleep and shower, they think it sobers them up enough and they’re no longer going to get a DUI.
In a lot of cases, this does work. The best way to reduce your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is to simply wait. It drops with time, as your body metabolizes the alcohol and your system burns it off. Myths about drinking coffee or taking a cold shower will not work. Time is the great equalizer.
Every situation is not the same
That said, assuming that it’s been long enough is where things get dangerous. There are many factors that have to be considered in every situation. For example, how much you had to drink, when you had the last drink and how long you slept can all make a difference.
Many people make the wrong call here, and they get arrested for a DUI the next day. Some have said this happens much more often than people realize. The officer will not care if you protest that you were drinking yesterday. They’ll just care about whether or not you are impaired at that moment.
It doesn’t help that alcohol impairs your judgment. If you are still slightly intoxicated, that makes it easier to assume you’re sober.
What should you do if you make a mistake?
If you do get arrested on drunk driving charges at any time of day, even the day after you were drinking, it’s crucial for you to understand all of your legal options for a defense.