Generally speaking, DUI arrests happen at night. The most common time is between midnight and three in the morning.
There are a lot of reasons for this, but the biggest is just ordinary human drinking habits. Most people wait to drink until at least dinner, and many people who go out with friends may not even get to the bar until 9:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. Naturally, by the time they’re ready to go home, it’s late at night or early the next morning. Plus, many bars close at 2:00, which can lead to a spike in arrests between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. as people drive home.
However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can’t get a DUI the next day. If you’re still impaired when you get up the next morning, you absolutely can.
Alcohol can stay in your system for hours. Every 60 minutes, your Blood Alcohol Concentration tends to drop by about 0.015%. This means that, if your BAC was merely at 0.06%, it would take four hours to get back to zero. If it was at 0.12%, it would take eight hours. Many people assume that they can sleep it off in a few hours and wake up feeling fine, but there is absolutely the chance that alcohol could still show up on a breath test, which could lead to an arrest if the officer believes you’re impaired or if you are over the legal limit.
If you do face arrest, then it’s important to know what legal defense options you have in order to protect your future. Never assume that your case is hopeless.