Understanding BAC & Impairment

How Much Can You Drink Before Being Intoxicated?

One of the most important things to understand about DUI arrests is that field sobriety tests and chemical tests are not foolproof. Although chemical tests may give a concrete number to an individual's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level, that number does not directly correlate with an individual's level of intoxication or impairment.

The Western Massachusetts DUI attorney at The Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard P.C. knows that there is more to BAC than the legal limit of .08%, and you should as well—if you have been arrested for DUI/OUI, knowledge of BAC and impairment may aid you in your defense against the DUI charge.

Reach out to our firm today when you call (413) 258-7371. We are here to help. Our lawyers are certified administers of the field sobriety test by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

What Is Blood Alcohol Concentration?

BAC is the amount of alcohol present in a person's body at a given time. Members of law enforcement often measure BAC with a chemical test, which can be conducted via breath, blood, or urine. In any case, these tests are not as precise as you may think—although they are able to measure the presence of chemicals in the body, these tests may not accurately differentiate between types of alcohol.

Does BAC Determine My Level of Intoxication?

At best, a chemical BAC test may only offer speculation as to an individual's level of intoxication. BAC tests may not account for many of the situational and biological factors in a situation. Differences in body height, weight, metabolism, and other factors play an essential role in how an individual processes alcohol, but this is accounted for in the results of a BAC test. When it comes to a DUI charge, these factors may play a vital role in your defense. The Western Massachusetts DUI lawyer at The Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard P.C. understands how important it is to take these factors into account when preparing a defense for the firm's clients.

Protect Your Rights & Driving Privileges in Court

It is very possible that you were arrested for DUI/OUI without being impaired or showing visible signs of intoxication. There are many situations where the evidence against individuals arrested for DUI are weak. Unfortunately, without an effective defense against these charges, misconstrued evidence and improper police procedure can still result in a DUI conviction.

If you are facing DUI/OUI charges or the penalties of a conviction, get in touch with an OUI attorney in Western Massachusetts at The Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard P.C. immediately. With nearly 20 years of experience in DUI and criminal law, the legal team has tried over 200 cases and secured countless successes. The firm is committed to finding positive solutions to their clients' legal issues.

Our firm is led by a former prosecutor with working knowledge of the law and the tactics that may be used against you in court. Schedule your free consultation and learn how The Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard P.C. can help you!