Holiday celebrations with friends or family often involve delicious foods and drinks, as well as socializing and even party games. Sadly, the same activities that you look forward to all year could create a situation where you wind up in legal trouble.
Many of the classic foods and beverages associated with the holidays could have alcohol in them. Over-indulging, even if you aren’t drinking a lot, might lead to a traffic stop and driving under the influence (DUI) charges.
Depending on your driving history and the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream, you could face penalties including jail time, fines and the loss of your license if convicted. Avoiding overconsumption during the holidays will protect you from ruining your festive season with a criminal arrest.
Desserts and drinks could be deceptive in their alcohol content
You probably already know that whatever you drink, ranging from eggnog to a spiced holiday ale, will affect your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). What you may not consider is that some of the foods served could also have alcohol in them.
While many dishes that traditionally have alcohol intentionally heat or burn the alcohol out, there are also plenty of holiday dishes that intentionally try to hide how boozy they are behind a delicious flavor. Everything from chocolate balls to chilled fruit dishes might hide wine or liquor.
You may not be able to taste the alcohol, especially if the chef uses a sweetened or flavored form of alcohol. Erring on the side of caution both with what you consume and if you drive will help protect you.
Just because you failed a breath test doesn’t mean a conviction is inevitable
The chemical breath test performed during a roadside stop does not deliver irrefutable proof of impairment but merely one form of chemical evidence that there could be alcohol in your system.
Anything from a medical condition on your part to improper calibration of the unit by the officer could impact the results of a chemical breath test. If you truly believe you were not under the influence during a traffic stop where you failed the test, discussing your concerns with an attorney might help you push back against a holiday DUI charge.