A drunk driving conviction depends on the prosecution's ability to prove that you were over the legal limit of .08. While some evidence may include officer or witness observations and field sobriety tests results, your primary case will likely hinge on a blood or urine test that indicates your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time you are pulled over. In most cases, officers will obtain this information using a breathalyzer test; however in some cases, law enforcement officials may use a blood or urine sample.
Challenging the results of a blood-alcohol concentration test is one way to defend against DUI charges. Our Birmingham drunk driving defense attorneys are committed to helping defendants reduce charges and penalties. While we offer strategic defense focused on achieving the best results, we also know that the best way to prevent a DUI is not getting pulled over in the first place. If you have been drinking, you should be aware of blood alcohol concentration and how some drinking behaviors could put you over the legal limit.
Anyone who chooses to drink alcohol, either at home over dinner, out with co-workers for happy hour, or on the weekends, should be aware of how alcohol is processed and how it affects the body. Alcohol affects impairment because it is absorbed into the blood stream. The alcohol is distributed temporarily into various body tissues and is only eliminated over time. The diffusion of alcohol through cell membranes depends on the concentration of alcohol in the blood stream. Your blood alcohol level may be influenced by the type of beverage you consume, your sex, weight and the rate that your body can eliminate alcohol in your blood stream.
Here are some tips to help you lower your BAC before you start drinking and before you get behind a wheel.
Don't forget to eat. Alcohol is absorbed from the stomach, primarily from the small intestine. The rate of absorption depends on the percentage of alcohol. You can expect that the higher the alcohol content the faster the rate of absorption. Eating a meal before or while drinking can delay the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream.
Avoid shots and high-alcohol content drinks. The higher the concentration of alcohol in your drink, the quicker your BAC will spike. The rate of alcohol absorption into your blood stream will also slow when a high volume of fluid is consumed with low alcohol content beverages, such as beer.
Drink water. If you are planning on drinking over the course of a few hours or even longer, alternate your drinks with water. Drinking water will dilute the alcohol concentration in your blood stream.
Don't try to keep up. Women and men with a lower body weight may try to keep up with larger, heavier drinking peers. Women and men process alcohol differently and lower body weights will reach a higher BAC more quickly.
Give it time. Remember that in normal social-drinking circumstances, your highest BAC is achieved 30 minutes after you have completed consumption. It could take up to 60 minutes and if you are also eating food, you may not reach your peak BAC for up to 2 hours. If you have been drinking, wait before you decide to get behind the wheel so that the alcohol can be fully processed and eliminated.
Call Birmingham DUI Defense Lawyer Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.
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