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In the Heat of the Summer, Watch Out for BUI

It’s summer! Time for some fun in the sun on our state’s waterways. But watch out – while you’re out there on the lake, you are being watched. Not to stoke any latent paranoid thoughts, but Colorado police are on the lookout for boaters who are under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. Boating under the […]

Georgia Driver’s Bold Moves: Three Ways to Get Arrested for DUI

It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for him. When you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, there are a few different ways it can play out. Obviously, the best case scenario is to prove sobriety and be on your way. But if you have been drinking, you might have to […]

When Should I Take a Breathalyzer Test?

In the immortal words of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “To blow, or not to blow – that is the question.” Okay, we might be remembering that wrong (it’s been a while since high school English class), but it’s an excellent question nonetheless. When pulled over for a suspected DUI and asked to blow into a breathalyzer, should you? What […]

How Long Does It Take to Eliminate Alcohol from the Body?

One way that people will avoid DUI is to have a few drinks and then wait for a few hours for their system to clear the alcohol. This strategy only works, though, if you wait long enough. No amount of coffee or cold showers is going to flush the alcohol from your body, and alcohol […]

How Do Breathalyzers Work?

One of the most common methods of identifying drunk drivers – probably the most common, in fact – is the use of breathalyzers. But how do they work? How is it that a machine can tell how inebriated you are just by taking a sample of your breath? The short answer – witchcraft. Okay, not really. Here’s […]

D’oh! DUI?: Something’s Fishy about This DUI Excuse

Can you get drunk off food? A Wisconsin jury recently denied a man’s claim that he was not driving drunk, but had simply eaten beer-battered fish and that’s why his breath smelled like alcohol. The man was pulled over in 2014 due to erratic driving. The responding officer noted the odor of alcohol (from the fish, […]

NTSB Suggests Lowering Legal BAC Limit – How Low Can They Go?

Every year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases a Most Wanted list of its top 10 recommendations to improve transportation safety. While much of this year’s recommendations focus more on semi truck traffic (including preventing commercial truck driver alcohol and drug use) than the average commuter, the NTSB did suggest something that could make defending […]

Autobrewers and Affluenza: Strange, But Successful DUI Defenses

The Autobrewer Defense What would you do if everything you ate made you drunk? Ask one anonymous New York woman whose DUI charges were recently dismissed after she presented an incredibly unusual defense – her body is a brewery. There is a rare condition known as gut fermentation syndrome, or “auto-brewery syndrome,” and it is exactly what […]

Where Did the .08 BAC Legal Limit Come From?

When you are pulled over and blow a .08 BAC or above, regardless of your symptoms of inebriation, you will be charged with DUI “per se.” This is a separate charge from a standard DUI, though often the two go hand-in-hand. But where did this .08 figure come from, and is it an accurate indicator […]