DUI and BUI Blood Alcohol Concentration
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) refers to the concentration of alcohol
in the blood. It is usually expressed as a percentage and is used to determine
whether a driver is legally intoxicated. BAC will depend upon several
factors: body weight, metabolism, rate of alcohol absorption into the
bloodstream, and the amount and rate of alcohol ingestion.
BAC tests, particularly
portable breath tests, are not always reliable and may not hold up in court. That is where the
DUI (driving under the influence) and
BUI (boating under the influence) defense attorneys at LeavenLaw come in. We will review all aspects of
your case, including the events leading to and that occurred during your
BAC test – and will determine whether your rights were violated.
Florida BAC Laws
What does your BAC have to do with
DUI and BUI charges? If your BAC is found to be .08% or above, you are considered
to be legally intoxicated and can be charged with a DUI or BUI. If your
blood alcohol concentration is .15% or above, increased penalties are
enforced. Florida also follows a “zero tolerance” law: if
you are under 21 and are found driving with a BAC of .02% or above, you
will be arrested for driving under the influence.
The percentage of your BAC and your age, as well as prior convictions,
property damage or bodily injury, will make the difference between whether
you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony and how severe your penalties will be.