A DUI charge can be a difficult experience. A DUI conviction can result in penalties that may include fines and possibly the suspension of your driving privileges. In Florida, the legal limit is 0.08% BAC (blood alcohol concentration). Of course, the best way to avoid a DUI is never drive after drinking. If you question your ability to drive, you probably are impaired and should park your vehicle.

Determining BAC

Blood alcohol concentration is typically measured using a breath, urine, or blood test. Of the tests, blood or urine tests are the most accurate measurement. The concentration of alcohol in the bloodstream varies greatly based on a number of factors. Your size, weight, and age partially determine how your body metabolizes alcohol. Some other factors include how much food you have eaten recently and how quickly you are drinking. You will also want to consider how much alcohol is in the drink. For example, beer and wine contain less alcohol than mixed drinks.

Breathalyzer Tests

A breath test can be helpful in determining your BAC. There are devices available that measure BAC based on breath. Also, there are now smart phone apps that can measure BAC. Generally, these measurements are less accurate than blood tests. While they can be helpful in deciding when to stop drinking for the evening, remember that these pocket devices are not necessarily correct. If you are close to the legal limit it is best not to drive. Keep in mind that your BAC may increase even after you have stopped drinking.

Fighting DUI

If you have been stopped for DUI it is uually best to cooperate with the officer. Florida requires you to submit to a blood or breath test if asked to take one by a member of law enforcement. Failure to comply could result in separate additional charges. Speak to an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Many aspects must be considered when defending DUI charges. Your lawyer will review all the information and present the defense that will provide you with the best possible outcome.