On average, it takes a full hour for the body to metabolize one standard drink. And after a night out with friends, it’s common practice to sleep it off and drive home the next morning.
But what if there’s still alcohol in your system the next day?
For example: If you go to the bars from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. and consume seven drinks, depending on your weight and metabolism, you could still be intoxicated when you wake up. It’s a common misconception that caffeine, showers, and sleep will help you sober up faster, an while these actions may help you feel more alert, only with time will your BAC return to zero.
Even if you made the smart choice to couch surf the night before, you can still face a DWI charge if you get pulled over on your way home — DWIs don’t just occur at night!
According to section 49.04 of the Texas Penal Code, an individual can be charged with driving while intoxicated if they operate a motor vehicle in a public place while they are intoxicated. You can be considered intoxicated if you are unable to use normal mental or physical faculties due to the consumption of alcohol or other substances, or if your BAC is over the legal limit of .08%.
A DWI conviction in Texas carries serious consequences. If you are found guilty, there is a high likelihood you will face jail time.
If you have been charged with a DWI in Williamson or Bell County, it’s important to have a strong defense on your side. Call Price & Twine, PLLC, today at (512) 354-1880 so we can review your case.
This article was written and researched by Brooke Price.