How Blood Alcohol Content Affects Your Case

If you are pulled over while driving and law enforcement believes that you have been drinking alcohol, and you are over the legal BAC limit, you are likely to be arrested and charged with DWI. The legal limit for blood alcohol content is 0.08%. The police can perform breath and blood tests on the spot to determine how much alcohol is in your system. You will be arrested if you register over the limit. But are you actually guilty of this offense? The rate at which alcohol is absorbed may be a significant factor in your defense. The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, represents people who have been charged with DWI. Let a skilled criminal defense attorney analyze the facts in your case as soon as possible after your arrest. When alcohol is ingested, it first goes into the stomach, then the small intestine, and then into the bloodstream. From there, it is distributed throughout the body before it eventually reaches the brain. At this point, a person’s physical coordination, ability to make good judgments, and perceive clearly will be affected. It’s important to note that, as long as the alcohol remains in the stomach and small intestine, it’s not being distributed in the bloodstream. How long it remains in the stomach is affected by the person’s weight, gender, amount and kind of food ingested, the amount and type of alcohol consumed, the body’s water content, as well as other factors.

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These many variances can make the measurement of alcohol in the blood an unreliable test. It has even been found that raised stress levels, such as those accompanying being stopped by the police, can raise the blood alcohol level temporarily, causing a higher level of alcohol being detected than that found when a person is retested at a police station later. If you have been charged with DWI, it is important that you have skilled and knowledgeable representation. You may have been arrested and charged based upon an alcohol level higher than when you were operating your vehicle. Don’t take unnecessary chances with your future. Contact our firm immediately for the criminal defense help you need.