Like all states, it is unlawful in the state of California to drive under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. DUI is a criminal charge, not a traffic infraction like speeding or going through a stop sign. Consequently, if you have been arrested or charged for DUI, it makes sense to hire an attorney to represent and defend you, particularly if you believe that the charge is unjustified in any way, or the process by which you were arrested, charged, or tested was unfair.
Nationwide, the legal limit that defines DUI is 0.08% BAC, or “Blood Alcohol Content,” a measure of the amount of ethanol compared to blood within the bloodstream by volume. For drivers under 21, the legal limit is 0.01%, and for commercial driver’s license holders, it is 0.04%. BAC may be determined by a chemical test of breath, urine, or blood. Even when a driver is under this limit, however, he is not immune to charges—he may still be cited for reckless driving if he was pulled over on suspicion of DUI for driving erratically.
For an individual who weighs a sleight 100 lbs., the legal limit can be reached after less than 2 drinks. For an average male who weighs under 200 lbs., BAC can reach 0.08% after four or five drinks. In California, according to the DUI Management Information System statistics, the median BAC of drivers arrested for DUI is 0.15%—nearly twice the legal limit. [Read more…]