Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) are very serious offenses. If you are charged and found guilty of one of these it will likely include a pricey fine, significantly impact your ability to drive, raise your insurance rates and may even include jail time.
Aside from the here and now outcomes of DUI and DWI convictions, your future employment options, financial stability and ability to travel internationally could also be impacted. These charges would seem valid if your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is over the legal limit, but could you be at risk for conviction if your BAC is below the legal limit?
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What is BAC?
BAC stands for blood alcohol concentration, or the amount of alcohol contained in a person’s blood. Measured as weight per unit of volume, this measurement is typically converted to a percentage such as 0.10%, which indicates that one-tenth of a percent of a person’s blood is alcohol.
What is the Legal Limit?
All 50 states have now set .08% BAC as the legal limit for Driving Under the Influence. For commercial drivers, a BAC of .04% can result in a DUI conviction nationwide.
What if My BAC is Below the Limit?
Although it varies from state to state, you can still be charged with a DUI or DWI under certain circumstances even if you have a blood alcohol concentration of less than 0.08 percent. Generally, if someone has a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher, they’re considered “per se intoxicated.” This means no other evidence is necessary to prove that driver’s impairment.
Factors Affecting DUI Convictions with Low BAC
The following situations can trigger a DUI or DWI even you have a BAC of less than 0.08 percent:
- Zero tolerance laws
- Noticeable Impairment
- Passage of Time
For help understanding the above terms and how they may affect your DUI charge, contact a trusted DUI professional who can be your advocate.
Maryland DUI Attorneys
People who have been arrested for DUI still have rights. You are entitled to aggressive representation in both cases that result from a DUI: The criminal case and your DMV hearing.