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Blood-Alcohol Content Explained by a Portland DUII Attorney

When a person is arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants in Oregon, one of the key pieces of evidence against them will likely be blood-alcohol content. This is the level of alcohol in the blood to determine whether or not a driver is intoxicated. Therefore it is important for all drivers to understand BAC and how many drinks the can have before they are over the legal limit. If you have been charged with drunk driving, a Portland DUII attorney can help you fight these serious charges.

It is important to note that the best way to prevent a drunk driving charge is to avoid alcohol altogether if you know you are driving. If you know that you will be drinking, take a cab or appoint a designated driver for the evening. Since the effects of alcohol can be impacted by how much food you’ve eaten, medications you might be taking, and other factors, they only guaranteed way to avoid arrest is to completely refrain from alcohol when driving.

When a person has one drink (for instance, 12 fluid ounces of beer), their blood-alcohol content goes up by .02. At .08 (four drinks in one hour), the person will be over the legal limit. The body metabolizes one drink per hour, so the longer a person waits before having subsequent drinking, the more of a chance their body will have to metabolize the alcohol.

Since body weight has an impact on blood-alcohol content, each person will have a different amount they can drink before being legally drunk. This chart can help you calculate your approximate BAC. This is just for informational purposes and should not be relied upon for preventing a drunk driving charge.

The defense lawyers at Kroll & Johnson can help with your drunk driving arrest. We have defended many clients charged with DUII in Portland and will put that experience to work for you. We know how difficult this time can be and we will do everything possible to help you through it. For a free consultation with a DUII attorney, contact Kroll & Johnson right away.

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