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What are common excuses that won’t get you out of a DUI charge?

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2022 | Drunk Driving-DUI Charges

No one in Illinois wants to be pulled over by a police officer when they’ve been drinking. It might be tempting to use certain excuses, but they won’t get you out of a DUI charge.

I didn’t know the legal limit

Claiming you didn’t know the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit, 0.08%, could never help if you’ve been driving while under the influence of alcohol. This stands regardless of whether you are a local or a foreigner. The police officer won’t accept that excuse. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking it.

I didn’t drink too much

Some people think they can just tell the police officer that they only had one or two drinks and they can get out of being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). However, even with a single drink, some people can become intoxicated and put others at risk while driving. Even buzzed driving can lead to a car accident.

I’m sleeping it off

Many drivers think that when they’ve been drinking, they can just sleep it off in their vehicle. However, it’s still possible to be arrested for DUI in this situation. A police officer will not listen to this excuse because even if you’re sleeping in a car, you’re still considered to be in control of it, which is a crime. Furthermore, saying that you were sleeping it off is an admission of intoxication.

I didn’t want to leave my car

After consuming alcohol, you might have feared leaving your car would mean it would be towed or that you would get a parking ticket. However, the police officer won’t sympathize and you will still be arrested on DUI charges.

These are common excuses people make when getting charged with DUI. None of them are ever successful.