Blood-Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Testing
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The primary measurement used in a DUI arrest is the driver’s blood
alcohol concentration (BAC) level. If you have been charged with DUI based
on your high BAC level and/or other factors, get legal help at once. In
order to effectively combat your
DUI charges, speak with the Law Office of Matthew T. McNally.
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BAC Tests in Georgia
In Georgia, a law enforcement officer can choose to administer one of three
tests in order to obtain an "accurate" measurement of a suspected
drunk driver's blood-alcohol concentration.
These include the following tests:
In addition, law enforcement may also choose to administer a series of
field sobriety tests in order to gain a preliminary idea of what they may be dealing with.
Since most DUI arrests begin with an initial police stop, the most commonly
utilized BAC test would be the breath test.
According to Georgia's implied consent law, one cannot refuse this
test without facing legal consequences. The same would also apply to blood
and urine testing.
What is the legal BAC limit in the United States?
Throughout the United States, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle
while under the influence of alcohol and/or
drugs. Although the specific nature of the laws that regulate drinking and driving
will vary from state to state,
it is generally true that an individual over the age of 21 could be arrested
and charged with DUI if their blood-alcohol concentration is measured
at .08% or greater. Scientifically speaking, this means that one tenth of one percent of a
person's blood volume is alcohol. In legal terms, this would subsequently
mean that an individual has been rendered "intoxicated," or
generally unfit to drive a vehicle.
According to research, most people will experience the following side-effects
as their BAC rises:
0.01% – 0.02%: The average person will appear generally normal, but subtle signs of impairment
could be detected with specialized tests—including blood, breath
and urine tests.
0.03% – 0.05%: The average person will experience mild euphoria, relaxation and decreased
inhibition, while signs of impairment would become apparent in their inability
0.06% – 0.09%: The average person will experience an increased lack of inhibition, while
signs of impairment would become apparent in their sense of reasoning
and depth perception.
0.10% – 0.19%: The average person will experience emotional mood swings, while signs of
impairment would be become apparent in their reflexes, reaction time and
gross motor control.
0.20% – 0.29%: The average person will experience unconsciousness or a loss of understanding,
while signs of impairment would become apparent in their severe lack of
Is the legal limit the same for all drivers in Georgia?
While not all drivers in the state of Georgia are subject to the same DUI
laws, it is important to understand that anyone could be arrested and
charged with a crime for operating a vehicle while impaired—which
does not necessarily mean that their BAC has surpassed the designated limit.
Take a look at these exceptions:
In some cases, a law enforcement officer will make an arrest even after
they have discovered that the suspect's BAC was under the legal limit
of .08%. Since it is illegal to drive while alcohol or drug impaired,
it is up to the officer to decide whether or not you are fit to operate
Contact a Dependable Atlanta DUI Lawyer to Explore Your Legal Options!
At the Law Office of Matthew T. McNally, our Georgia DUI attorney team
is proud to have secured many successful case results for our clients
over the years. With a former Assistant District Attorney on your side,
you benefit from unique insight into both sides of your case. Let us fight
for your future!
If you have been arrested after failing a BAC test in Georgia,
contact an Atlanta DUI attorney at the Law Office of Matthew T. McNally for a free evaluation of your case.