You and your buddies really threw a good one last night at the local watering hole. But you did the responsible thing and used Uber instead of driving. Now, as you awaken to the shrill clarion call of your alarm, you dread the thought of putting in a day’s work while dealing with a tremendous hangover.
If your morning commute involves driving, however, you could be coping with more than a day-long hangover. You could face an arrest for morning-after drunken driving.
Morning-after intoxication is real
You might think that you slept off all the effects of drinking. But depending on the number of drinks you had, the amount of alcohol in each drink and the time you stopped drinking, it could be impossible for you to be sober enough to drive after only a few hours of sleep.
Still, you might feel revivified enough by a shower and a few cups of coffee that you confidently climb behind the wheel to head for work. But the policeman in the unmarked car behind you notices some erratic lane changes and that your tires crept over the line between the lanes. Now, you notice those infamous blue lights behind you. Are you about to be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI)?
Protect your rights during a police stop
It is entirely possible that the officer might suspect you of drunk driving after a night of partying. No shower can wash away the effects of consuming too much alcohol — only time can do that.
You should never lie to the police, but that doesn’t mean that you must answer their questions, either. Invoke your right to remain silent until you have had the opportunity to speak to a criminal defense attorney.