Details on Houston and Sugar Land, Texas BAL Limit
Too many drinks within a given period can put a person above the legal BAL limit for driving. In the state of Texas, persons driving with a blood alcohol level (BAL) of .08% or above may be charged with the crime of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Persons under the age of 21 who drive with any detectable amount of alcohol can be charged with DUI. If charged with this crime, you’ll need an effective, comprehensive blood alcohol defense.
If the results of your blood alcohol test or breath test are above .08, it does not necessarily mean that you were above the legal Texas BAL limit. At The David Hunter Law Firm, I defend persons accused of DWI and DUI charges. I have extensive advanced training as a Breath Test Operator of the breathalyzer machine (known as the Intoxilyzer 5000). Plus, I am a Certified Instructor of the police field sobriety tests known as Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs). I have also attended the prestigious National DUI College at Harvard.
A number of factors can affect a person’s BAL, including weight, the number of drinks consumed, and the period of time over which the alcohol was consumed. Additionally, an improperly calibrated breathalyzer and the operator’s actions can affect measurements.
Contact David Hunter for an Effective Blood Alcohol Defense
Depending on the circumstances, I will seek to obtain a dismissal of your case or a reduction of the charges. If the charges can’t be dismissed or reduced, then I will work to minimize any criminal penalties you might face. For example, a reading at or near the legal Texas BAL limit may enable me to get the charge reduced from DWI to reckless driving or obstruction of a highway. An extremely high reading may indicate a testing or machine error. As your attorney, I will aggressively defend your rights with a comprehensive blood alcohol defense strategy.
Approximate Blood Alcohol Percentage in One Hour
Subtract .015% for each hour of drinking. One drink is 1 oz. of 80 proof liquor at 40%, 12 oz. of beer at 4.5%, or 4 oz. of wine at 12%.
Chart courtesy of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission