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Sobering up may take more than a good night's sleep

Most of us have a pretty clear understanding of how alcohol affects us. We may do the right thing and call a cab after a night out with friends or arrange a designated driver before we even go out. But, come the next morning after a long night's sleep, some of us may be shocked to find out that, despite how we feel, we may not actually be sober.

Despite what people think, there is no way to speed up your metabolism of alcohol. Our blood alcohol concentration depends on two variables: the amount of alcohol that has been consumed and the rate at which our body metabolizes it. Sleeping does little to diminish the effect of alcohol aside from giving our body time to burn through it. It is conceivable that an individual who has consumed a substantial amount of alcohol in the evening may wake up after a long night's sleep with a blood alcohol concentration still over the legal limit.

Individuals that believe a good night sleep is enough to sober them up may be in for quite a surprise. Morning after DUI's are a very real thing and affect a good number of drivers each year. Although these daytime offenses may not always have the same telltale DUI signs such as swerving, speeding or crossing the center line, officers are prepared to evaluate a driver stopped for other violations for a potential morning after DUI charge.

Although taking a risk and driving to work the morning after a late night out with friends may result in a DUI charge, there are many successful defenses that can be used to fight it. Individuals facing a DUI charge may benefit by working with an experienced defense attorney. With their help, morning after DUI charges may be reduced or eliminated.

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