Lawmakers say that no amount of alcohol is considered safe for drivers, but one drink may not trigger a DUI arrest. So, just how much does it take before one is arrested on DUI charges, and how might your blood alcohol concentration impact your case? The following explains, and it provides you with some key details on how to fight back.
What is BAC?
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. Numerous factors, including weight, the number of drinks, gender, stomach contents at the time of consumption, and overall health can all impact this concentration. That can make determining your exact BAC after drinking rather difficult. Moreover, it can influence how long you must wait to drive after having one, two, three, or four drinks. If ever in doubt, play it safe and call a cab or designated driver to take you home; it is far better than taking the risk of a DUI arrest.
How BAC Can Impact Your Case
Like most people, you are bound to make a mistake at some point in your life. You might get behind the wheel, thinking you have waited long enough after your last drink, or you could forget to eat beforehand and not realize just how much it has affected your overall BAC level. Unfortunately, law enforcement is still likely to enforce the law if you are caught driving while over the legal limit. In Illinois, that limit is a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher. For commercial drivers and minors, the limit is even lower – 0.04 percent for commercial drivers and zero tolerance for anyone under the age of 21.
Any level of intoxication above the legal limit can result in criminal DUI charges, but higher BACs may lead to escalated charges and penalties for drivers. Experiencing an accident while allegedly intoxicated or having a prior conviction on your record can also increase the likelihood of an aggravated DUI charge. In these situations, it is crucial to secure legal representation, as soon as reasonably possible.
Contact Our Arlington Heights DUI Defense Lawyer
If you or someone you love is facing charges for a California DUI, contact Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law, for assistance. Experienced and committed to protecting your future, our Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyer will aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible in your case. Learn more about how we can assist you. Call 847-253-3400 and schedule a personalized consultation with us today.
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