Blood Alcohol Content: An Overview
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One of the most important factors in any DUI case is the defendant's
blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the alleged offense. BAC is
used to determine intoxication levels, ultimately resulting in DUI charges
when too high. The more you are informed on BAC, they better equipped
you will be to build a strong defense against your charges with the help
of an experienced attorney.
Calculating BAC and Impairment
Blood alcohol content essentially refers to the amount of alcohol that
is in a person's blood after they have consumed it. BAC is measured
as weight per unit of volume, and then converted into a percentage. This
is where the restriction of .08% comes into play. Researchers decided
that .08% indicated a general level of impairment across the board, eventually
making .07% the official legal limit for all states.
For example, say someone had .10% BAC. This would mean that one-tenth of
their blood is alcohol, typically causing some serious level of impairment.
The following functions are involved in driving a vehicle:
- Information processing
- Decision making
- Eye-hand coordination
As alcohol in the blood travels directly to the brain, all cognitive functions
are impacted, including those needed to drive a vehicle. Because of this,
law enforcement must have some level of indication for risk. That is why
a BAC of .08% is considered illegal, as it is the official marker point
However, every person's body is different and the situation in which
they consumed alcohol will be different, effecting their overall BAC.
The type of food you eat, the amount of alcohol you consume, the rate
at which you consume, your body weight, and the type of alcohol you consume
will all affect your BAC, making it nearly impossible to calculate in
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Even just one or two drinks of a different type of alcohol could push you
over the legal limit. Though many people think they know their own limit,
it can quickly slip out of their control without them realizing it. For
these reasons, it is more crucial than ever for you to obtain legal counsel
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