Kansas DUI Defense Lawyer Answers Frequently Asked Questions about BACs

In Kansas, a motorist can be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) if his or her blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, is .08 or more. The BAC is a method used primarily by law enforcement to measure the amount of alcohol in a person’s body. If you plan to have one or more alcoholic beverages and operate a motor vehicle thereafter, then you owe it to yourself to become familiar with the facts regarding BAC.  The following are some of the most frequently asked questions motorists have about BAC:

How is BAC tested?

The most commonly used test by police officers at the scene to measure a motorist’s BAC is a breath test or “Breathalyzer.”  BAC can also be determined through a blood test.

How many drinks does it take to reach a .08 BAC?

Unfortunately there is not a certain number of drinks that a person can ingest and still fall within the legal BAC limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. This is in part due to the fact that every person metabolizes alcohol differently.

What factors can impact a person’s BAC?

A person’s weight, percentage of body fat and even gender can all factor into how a drink can affect a person’s BAC. For example, a 5 foot, 100 pound woman will have a higher BAC after one drink than a 6 foot, 240 pound man after the same drink. Food can also affect how a person processes alcohol. A person who has eaten a large dinner of spaghetti and meatballs before having a drink will have a lower BAC than if that same person has an empty stomach. This is why it strongly recommended that if you plan to drink you should not do so on an empty stomach. You also want to drink slowly to keep your BAC down. A person who sips a glass of wine over a period of an hour will have a lower BAC than if that same person took a shot of alcohol even though both have the same amount of alcohol.

What if anything can lower a person’s BAC?

Sometimes a person finds him or herself in a position where he or she is intoxicated and wants to “sober up” in order to drive home. Unfortunately, there is nothing a person can do to lower his or her BAC. The human body simply needs time to process the alcohol. Things like drinking a cup of coffee or taking a cold shower may make an intoxicated person feel more sober, but the truth of the matter is, such actions will not lower his or her BAC.

Will a person with a .08 BAC feel drunk?

 The answer to this question is, it depends. Unfortunately, not everyone with a .08 BAC will know that they are legally unable to drive. Often a side of effect of intoxication is not being able to recognize impairment. Remember that regardless of whether a person feels drunk or in any way impaired to drive, driving with a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal.

Contact the Whitman Law Offices Now!

If you have been charged with DUI you are probably overloaded with questions you need answered. Trust only an experienced DUI defense attorney to answer your questions and guide you through the process. To schedule your free and confidential consultation, call the Whitman Law Offices today at (785) 843-9460. With over 35 years of experience, Kansas DUI Defense Attorney Charles E. Whitman of the Whitman Law Offices will research of all of your defenses and make sure that you understand your legal options. At the Whitman Law Offices we pride ourselves on providing you with exceptional legal services.

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