Like many people in Maricopa County who go out drinking, you may have a designated driver, call a taxi or use another driving service to get home. You may be unaware, however, that you could be stopped, arrested and charged the next morning. Commonly known as morning after DUIs, these types of arrests often come as a surprise.
When you consume alcoholic beverages, your blood alcohol content level continues rising, even after you have stopped drinking. In fact, the AAA DUI Justice Link points out that your BAC level may not be at its peak for 30 minutes, or more, after you have ceased consuming alcoholic beverages. Therefore, you may actually be more intoxicated after you have stopped drinking than you were while you were consuming alcohol. As such, you may feel that you are safe to get behind the wheel after some time has passed or you have rested. Technically, however, you could still have a BAC level that exceeds the legal limit.
The morning after you have consumed alcoholic beverages, you may feel that you are safe to drive. This is because there is a common misconception that sleep, coffee, a cold shower, exercise or fresh air can help sober you up. In actuality, however, time is the only way for you to effectively remove alcohol from your system. According to the AAA DUI Justice Link, your body may need anywhere from 75 to 90 minutes, or more, in order to get the alcohol from one standard-size drink out of your system. Therefore, you may still be considered legally impaired the following morning, even if you have slept for a period of time after consuming alcohol. For example, you begin drinking at 9 p.m. and consume approximately two drinks every hour until 1:30 a.m. Depending on factors, such as your weight and the type of drinks you have consumed, it may be as late as 1 p.m. before your BAC level has gone back down to zero.
This post has discussed next morning DUI arrests. However, it is important for you to remember that people’s bodies process alcohol in different ways. As such, this post should only be considered general information, and not as legal advice.