What Is The Legal Limit For Drunk Driving?
Blood-alcohol content, or BAC, is the percentage of alcohol in your bloodstream. The metric used is expressed as a percentage to define what percent of your blood, by volume, is actually alcohol. Charges of DUI depend on the BAC at the time of arrest. Law enforcement officers use methods such as a Breathalyzer to determine the BAC, and issue citations and make arrests when the level is at or above the legal limit. If you are pulled over and asked to take a field sobriety test, refusal to do so has serious consequences. Refusal to take a breath, blood or urine test can result in suspension of driving privileges for one year. It is imperative that you act quickly when arrested for DUI and call an attorney who knows how to preserve your driving record.
In Florida, the legal limit for blood-alcohol content is 0.08 for drivers over the age of 21 and 0.02 for drivers under the age of 21. It is a common misconception that the test result cannot be attacked. You can and should fight a charge of DUI, and the best place to start is with the test result. A conviction of DUI, while a misdemeanor for the first offense, has serious ramifications. Your insurance premiums will likely skyrocket, and the fines and penalties you will be made to pay are high. With subsequent offenses, installation of an interlock device on your car will be required, creating hassle and inconvenience. These are just a few of the reasons you should seriously review the sobriety test administered for flaws, which may lead to dismissal of the charges. For example, the field sobriety test may be attacked on the grounds of:
- Malfunctioning equipment
- An improperly administered test
- Inaccurate interpretation of the results
- Wrongful action on the part of law enforcement in stopping and administering the test
Any one of the above instances may apply to your case. It is critical that you have an attorney experienced with these issues examine the facts of your stop, arrest and sobriety test. Take the steps necessary to preserve your driving privileges, maintain a good driving record and keep the cost of insurance low. A tried-and-true defense attorney with three decades of experience is your best tool to fight DUI charges.
Minimize the effect a DUI conviction has on your driving record and insurance. Keep your driving privileges and avoid the annoyance of an interlock device. Schedule a free initial consultation with a Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense attorney.