Most every adult has had a drink and then driven a car at least once – especially in cities like Atlanta, where public transit is semi-reliable at best, and cabs are hard to come by. This does not excuse drunk driving. However, many times a sober driver who may have had just one or two drinks with dinner can be charged with a DUI.
In many cases, the officer has already decided if they are going to give you a citation before he or she even talks to you. One of the first things an officer is trained to notice is if you or the vehicle smells of alcohol. A good idea is to eat a small snack such as peanut butter crackers before driving to combat the “bar smell”.
Do not ever get out of your vehicle to take a sobriety test. These are designed for failure, and are hard to pass even if sober. Do not blow into a breathalyzer at the scene either. Oftentimes the machines in patrol cars are outdated and inaccurate. In the case that you are charged with a DUI, it is best to go down to the station, and then seek the help of an attorney. A skilled defense attorney will be able to lower your fines or keep the DUI charge off your permanent records.
My best advice for avoiding a DUI? Wait a few extra minutes for that cab, or call a friend. Don’t get behind the wheel after drinking, no matter how many (or how few) you’ve had.