Understanding Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
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 bloodstream 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.
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!