How to Avoid a DUI the Morning After Drinking

Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners || 30-Jul-2015

Drunk driving is a serious issue all over the United States. However, many people fail to notice that drunk driving arrests can occur at any time of day. While many alcohol-related arrests occur at night, law enforcement can arrest you for driving under the influence at any time, including mornings!

Studies show that on average, a human body can only metabolize one drink per hour. That means if a person consumes eight drinks between 11PM to 4AM the following day, that person may still be drunk at 7AM. Therefore, you may be at risk of a DUI arrest if you choose to drive the morning after drinking.

Some Common Misconceptions

In some cases, a person may feel like he/she has “slept off the drunkenness.” However, it is likely that the person still has alcohol in his/her system. In addition, many people think they will be fine after a night of drinking by having a cup of coffee in the morning. This could not be further from the truth.

Regardless of the amount of food or non-alcoholic beverages a person drinks, that person may still have enough alcohol in his/her system that may affect his/her driving skills. For this reason, it is important to take the appropriate safety precautions to ensure you are not drinking and driving, even in the mornings.

Below are a few helpful tips you may want to consider before a night of drinking.

  • Plan to take a cab home.

By taking a cab or Uber home, you may feel less pressured to leave the house or place you stayed when you wake up. By staying at your home, you can take time to recover and sober-up before retrieving your vehicle.

  • Call a friend/family member to take you home.

Similarly, by having a friend or family member drive you home after a night of drinking, you will feel less pressured to drive home upon waking. This allows you to take some time to recover.

  • Wait it out until you actually are good to drive.

Find something to do within walking distance of the place you spent the night. By doing this, you are allowing yourself more time to recover and wait until you are in a state where it is safe for you to drive.

  • Plan a day at whoever’s house you stayed after the night of drinking.

After a night of partying with your friends, it may be fun to plan a day full of nearby activities. This will give you time to recover and relax until you are fit to drive home.

If You are Arrested For Drunk Driving

If you are arrested for drinking and driving, regardless of whether it is morning or night, it is important to seek an experienced DUI defense attorney immediately. Our Los Angeles DUI defense lawyers at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners care about your future and are here to protect it. With over 70 years of combined experience, you can rest assure knowing our team is doing everything we can to make sure your rights are safeguarded.

To contact a Los Angeles DUI defense attorney from Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners, call (213) 481-6811! Having the right team on your side can make all the difference.

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