DUI still possible after sleeping it off

Residents in Arizona know that the law cracks down hard on drunk drivers. However, there are some things that many Arizona residents do not know about how, when and why they could be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

A recent report reminds drivers that they do not necessarily have to be at or over the 0.08 percent blood alcohol content for intoxication in order to be charged with a DUI. Any other signs that point to a driver’s inability to safely operate a vehicle even with a BAC below 0.08 could still result in an arrest. In addition, these arrests do not always have to be made immediately after a person has consumed alcohol.

Commonly, a DUI arrest will take place while a person is on the way home after having had alcoholic beverages. However, they can–and do–happen the following morning after a person has had several hours of sleep. Staying at a friend’s house instead of driving home may seem like the safe thing to do but if sufficient time has not elapsed, there may be some residual impairment and enough alcohol in a person’s system to cause a problem. Just last year, more than 70 people were arrested  for drunk driving after 6:00 a.m. in Tucson alone.


People who have been charged with a drunk driving offense, regardless of what time of day or night the arrest happened, will need to understand the laws and their rights. Talking to an attorney may be a good way to get the information and help needed.


Source: KVOA.com, “N4T Investigators: DUI Day After,” Melanie Hunter, June 15, 2016