How BAC can translate to a DuPage DUI

As a DUI Lawyer in DuPage County, clients routinely ask for an explanation on BAC (blood alcohol concentration).

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 10,874 people died in drunk driving accidents in the United States in 2017. Those fatalities comprised 29 percent of all traffic fatalities in the country.


People who are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol often ask their attorneys to explain blood alcohol concentration (BAC). A driver’s BAC is ordinarily expressed as a percentage of alcohol in a person’s body, which is measured by how much alcohol there is in a unit of blood. For example, if a person’s breath or blood test comes back at 0.10, that means there are 0.10 grams of alcohol in his or her blood for every 100 milliliters of blood


Legally Intoxicated

In 49 of the 50 states, a person is presumed to be legally intoxicated when his or her blood alcohol content is at .08 or higher. Utah is the sole exception with a legal presumption of intoxication at .05. That doesn’t necessarily mean that if you’re anywhere outside of Utah with BAC of 05, you can’t be charged with DUI though. You can still be charged with and found guilty of DUI if there is other independent evidence that you were driving while impaired by alcohol. That has been law enforcement’s trend across the United States.


Only Time Works

Neither a cold shower or a meal is going to help decrease a person’s level of intoxication. Only time without consuming alcohol and metabolism do that. Think in the context of one drink and one hour to metabolize it.


How Alcoholic Beverages Affect People

When a person consumes alcoholic beverages, his or her BAC depends on how much alcohol was ingested and the rate at which it was ingested. Some other factors to be taken into consideration are the age of the individual, any tolerance the person might have to alcohol, his or her weight, when their last meal was and how much food was eaten. Even a glass of wine or a mixed drink will begin to affect a person’s judgment, reflexes and coordination. All of those factors operate to increase the likelihood of a driver being in an accident. Once a driver’s BAC reaches .08, he or she is 10 times more likely to get into an accident


Final Thoughts

A first DUI offense involves far more than traffic court. A second offense can be a nightmare.  Remember that you are not required to take any field sobriety or breath tests. There could be collateral consequences, but you’re likely to be giving prosecutors the evidence that they need to convict you. Short and strict time limits apply in DUI cases.

Don’t give any type of a statement or confession. Exercise your right to remain silent along with your right to an attorney. Then, contact a quality and experienced DUI ATTORNEY, such as Mark Sutter, as soon as possible. Time is of the essence, so make that call right away.

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