Facing up to alcohol addiction after a DUI charge

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2021 | DWI

It can be easy to let an unhealthy habit have an increasing impact on your life. If you enjoy drinking, you may start by only drinking at home on the weekends. This habit may progress to drinking out on bars before taking a cab home and before you know it you may have started driving home from bars with alcohol in your system.

Those who have developed a drinking addiction may be in denial for some time. They may tell themselves and others that they simply enjoy drinking and that they can stop whenever they want. However, this can be a case of being in denial, especially when you begin to drink every day or drink when you know that you have to drive afterward. If you have recently been accused of drunk driving, it is important that you know how to defend yourself as well as how to face up to alcohol addiction.

There are many options for defending yourself

If you had a drink before you got behind the wheel, this does not necessarily mean that you are guilty of drunk driving. To be guilty of drunk driving, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) needs to be over 0.08%. If your BAC is measured above 0.08%, you will be arrested and face DUI charges. However, you may be able to defend yourself by arguing that an improper stop was made, or that the Breathalyzer test was faulty.

You are not necessarily guilty of a DUI if you have a drinking problem

Even if you come to the realization that you have a drinking problem after you are arrested for a DUI, this does not mean that you are guilty of driving under the influence.

Make sure that you are able to defend yourself at the same time as getting help for your addiction. By doing so, you can avoid criminal charges and start to get your life back on track.