Blood alcohol level is the amount of alcohol that is in your system after drinking. There are several factors that will alter this level for people who drink the same amount. Your weight plays a major role in your alcohol level. Someone who weighs 200 pounds and has a high metabolism can drink three beers and be fine while someone who is 120 pounds can drink three beers and not be able to walk a straight line. If you are suspected of driving while intoxicated, you will probably be given a blood alcohol test. This test measures the weight of alcohol that is in the volume of your blood, and the result is in a percentage. All states have a limit of .08 percent before someone is declared intoxicated.
While .08 is the legal limit of driving while intoxicated, some people’s driving is negatively affected when the alcohol content is .03 percent. The reaction times are slower, and you might not be able to stay in your lane. This is an accident waiting to happen, and the alcohol content is only a fraction of the legal limit. Most officers will measure the alcohol content by using a breathalyzer. This is an easy way to initially determine if the you are intoxicated. Some officers will perform a sobriety test, but this is not indicative of being intoxicated. However, if you fail the test, you could be convicted of a DUI even if you have an alcohol level below the legal limit. There are some states that have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving. This means that if you are caught with a blood alcohol content of even .01 percent, you can lose your license.
If you have received a DUI charge, contact an attorney immediately. Give the lawyer as much information as possible about the situation and any tests that were conducted in the field. The attorney can try to get the charges reduced or dropped in court.