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Don’t underestimate the unexpected alcohol in your food

You love eating out at nice restaurants. You usually have a glass of wine (or two) and catch a cab home. Tonight was different, though, because you went out with a friend.

They brought their vehicle, but they ended up getting a little more intoxicated than expected. In order to help them out, you decided to put them in the passenger seat and drive them home. You only had two glasses of wine over the last few hours, so you expected that you’d be fine.

What you didn’t account for was that the food you ordered was baked with alcohol, too. On top of that, it still retained a high amount of alcohol in the dish after being cooked. You had much more alcohol than you thought, which led to you swerving in and out of your lane on the way home.

An officer stopped you and made you take a breath test. You had one sample come up at .05% and another at .07%. You said you weren’t too drunk to drive, but the officer decided to take you into custody.

This isn’t as unusual of a situation as you may think. Many people eat dinners that they think are safe but that actually contain high amounts of alcohol. Combined with the other foods they had that night, their blood alcohol content could be much higher than expected.

If you find yourself in a situation like this, it’s important not to say too much. Talk to your attorney before you are interviewed by police, so you can have the best chance of defending yourself against the DWI.

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