To a certain point, DUI laws are clear: Those caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.08 percent are usually charged with driving under the influence. However, there are some instances where a driver can be charged with a DUI without meeting this criterion. Every citizen should be aware of the law, but those who have been charged with a DUI should especially be educated regarding the law.
DUI Without Being Over the Legal Limit
Most people know that the magic number when it comes to DUIs is 0.08. Anyone who blows into a breathalyzer and gets a blood alcohol content result equal to or higher than this can be charged with a DUI. In 2000, President Clinton signed a measure which effectively lowered the legal limit from 0.1 to 0.08 across the country. However, what many people do not know is that you can still be charged with driving under the influence without having a BAC higher than 0.08.
Drivers who are noticeably impaired are also at risk of being charged with a DUI – even if their blood alcohol limit is under 0.08 percent. For example, a driver who is noticeably slurring his or her words, cannot walk correctly, or is otherwise acting impaired while having alcohol in their system is at risk of being arrested and charged with a DUI. In cases like these, a driver with a BAC of 0.05 to .08 can still be convicted of a DUI if additional evidence shows the driver is impaired.
Have You Been Charged with a DUI?
If you have been charged with a DUI, you could be facing serious criminal consequences. You can also be facing a driver’s license suspension and depending on the severity of the circumstances, you may face fines and or jail time.
In order to increase your chances of avoiding imprisonment and the loss of your license, seek help from a qualified Will County criminal defense attorney. For a free, confidential consultation at the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, call (815) 740-4025 today.