Northeastern Arkansas | News • Sports • Weather

Felony DUI

Drunk driving is considered a serious offence in all states. The penalties for being caught driving under the influence of alcohol, furthermore, have become more and more severe in recent years. Conviction for DUI can put you in prison, result in large fines, and cause your driver’s license to be suspended for a significant amount of time.

One of the first things that a policeman may do after they have pulled someone suspected of felony DUI is to have the suspect undergo a breathalyzer test to help determine their blood alcohol content (BAC). There are other ways that BAC can be determined: through blood, urine, and saliva tests. BAC tests measure the amount of alcohol present in your blood, which is generally expressed in percentage terms. These tests can be taken after the arrest.

All states implement the 0.08% legal limit for intoxication levels. Driving with a blood alcohol content at or above this level is against the law, and can expose those who are found guilty of this crime to serious penalties as a result. Furthermore, in some instances, a person may be rendered intoxicated even if their blood alcohol content is below the legal limit.

Every person is different, which can make it hard to determine if a person is safe to drive a vehicle after a drink or not. Body weight, gender, age, alcohol tolerance, and many other things can affect how much a person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle is impacted by alcohol. Furthermore, factors such as taking medications can render you guilty of DUI, and having a proper meal before or while drinking can also affect the alcohol levels in your blood. People under the age of 21 years old can be charged with DUI even if they test positive with only 0.01% BAC. The best way to avoid a felony DUI is to not drink and drive. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *