You’ve likely heard the different myths and urban legends about avoiding a driving while under the influence offense: putting a penny under your tongue will disrupt the Breathalyzer; gum will hide the odor of alcohol; if a cop doesn’t wear his hat the charge is invalid. Are any of these true?
No, they are not. You cannot beat a DWI by eating peanut butter, by asking to see the officer’s badge, or by drinking mouthwash. In fact, many of these can actually hurt you. For example, if you are pulled over for drinking under the influence and it is obvious to the officer that you recently popped a mint or piece of gum, this could be a factor considered if the officer decides to arrest you for driving while intoxicated.
There are methods that can help you beat a DWI though. If you are stopped for a DWI in North Carolina, you have the right to refuse roadside standard field sobriety tests, such as the walk-and-turn and the one-legged stand. You are even allowed to refuse the portable breathalyzer test (PBT) given by your car at the road-side. However, do know that if you refuse the actual breathalyzer test given at the police station or refuse to give blood, your license will automatically be suspended for one year.
If you are pulled over and charged with a DWI in Wake County, North Carolina, contact Granados Law Group to talk to us about your case. We can be reached in Cary, NC at 919-650-2851.