Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
Determining BAC Levels
In its most simple form, blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is the metric
measurement used to determine the level of alcohol intoxication of an
individual that is suspected of drinking and driving. It is the percentage
of alcohol determined to be in a person's blood stream at the time
they are tested. This measurement is taken with the use of a
breath or blood test. In Texas, a BAC of 0.08% or higher is cause for arrest for DWI. According
to medical physicians, a 0.08% indicates that a person will experience
impaired inhibition, numbed feelings and extraversion (directing interests
outwardly), and these are only the physical behaviors.
Mental compromises are also believed to occur, including impairment of
one's reasoning, depth perception, and peripheral vision abilities.
Combined, these effects are enough to warrant a DWI arrest and possible
conviction. An attorney can help anyone who has been accused of drinking
and driving by aggressively defending them against the charges.
There is no way to ensure that one set of regulations will be applicable
to every situation involving alcohol and driving. Therefore, it is impossible
to know whether or not the allegations made against you are accurate unless
you pursue the matter legally.
When Can a Breath and/or Blood Test be Administered?
Law enforcement officers need only suspicion to pull someone over and administer a
field sobriety test. However, these on-the-scene tests are no way to fully assess a person's
blood alcohol level, and if an officer has reason to believe that more
testing may be necessary to make an ultimate determination, they could
take you to jail for further tests and possible detainment.
If you have just been released from jail on a bail bond or you have been
accused of DWI in any way, then the help of a
attorney could prove to be essential to your future.
Whether you are facing charges of a
felony DWI or you are suspected of using
drugs while driving, an
ALR hearing will need to be scheduled promptly in order to avoid the risk of automatic
license suspension. Obtaining a legal professional who can advise you
of the proper protocol to take when attempting to secure an
occupational driver's license or adhering to the
15-day rule will dramatically improve your chances of getting what you want. Furthermore,
the unwavering defense and acute attention to detail will only increase
your chances of reducing or dropping the charges that have been made against you.
To learn more about how our firm can help,
contact us today!