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Myths About Sobering Up

In the midst of a drinking culture, many individuals are likely to be exposed to advice regarding sobering up before driving. However, a majority of these methods are ineffective and cannot be scientifically supported. Just because a person feels as if he or she is less impaired does not indicate a lower BAC or at all reflect their level of intoxication.

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI or related offenses, it is important that your case is vigorously defended. For additional information regarding your legal rights, and for the passionately committed legal representation that you deserve, contact the Seattle DUI lawyers of Cowan Kirk today by calling 866-822-1230.

So-Called Remedies

Washington, like all states, will prosecute DUI charges if a driver's BAC measures over 0.08. Considering the impact of the allegations on a person's reputation and the strictness of the penalties, many drivers have devised various methods that claim to quickly lower their BAC. In reality, these have no noticeable effect on the body's ability to process alcohol and cannot reduce actual intoxication. Some of these false fixes include the following:

  • Coffee, which may improve wakefulness, but not affect intoxication
  • Water, which does not affect impairment
  • Exercise
  • Some fresh air
  • Eating after drinking
  • A cold shower

Many of these tactics can, like coffee or other caffeinated beverages, give a person the impression that they are less intoxicated. They may stir up some adrenaline or reinvigorate a person, but they cannot reduce impairment from alcohol consumption. Only time can reduce a driver's BAC after drinks have been consumed.

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While these tactics may prove useless, the fact of the matter is that not all blood-alcohol measurements are accurate. If you have been pulled over for a DUI, a conviction is far from automatic. To learn more about your legal options, contact the Seattle DUI attorneys of Cowan Kirk at 866-822-1230.

Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn

Cowan Kirk is known throughout Washington and the nation for representing all of its clients with commitment, creativity and compassion. We recognize how devastating a DUI charge can be, particularly when our clients learn how incredibly tough Washington's DUI laws have become, even for a first-time offender.

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If you need a DUI defense attorney in Seattle, Bellevue, or King County, contact us today to find out why respect for our clients, a passion for justice, and our commitment to winning have earned each of us the highest honor a member of the bar can receive from our colleagues – their referrals.