Unfortunately, legal proof about intoxication can be very important. In some cases it can make a big difference in your life.
If you are a plaintiff you might need to prove that a driver’s low blood alcohol concentration (BAC) impaired her. For example, that it was high enough to cause reduced peripheral vision. As a result, she struck you as you were walking.
If you are a defendant you may want to prove that your alcohol breath test result is inaccurate. That’s because you had been painting your house shortly before the test.
Get a Specialist on Your Side
You may be trying to prove that someone’s behavior resulted from alcohol impairment. Or you might be trying to prove your innocence. It doesn’t matter. It’s always best to consult an lawyer who specializes in DWI/DUI cases. Preferably, the law firm limits its practice to such cases.
Specialized lawyers will have access to evidence about alcohol breath testers (BAC estimators). They will know about the effects of various medical conditions. That includes both BAC estimates and behaviors. They know about witness biases (including those of law enforcement officers). And they have experience.
You wouldn’t let your your family doctor perform brain surgery on you or your child. Similarly, you shouldn’t let a general lawyer present your case in court. The stakes are too high.
It’s never easy or pleasant to be involved in a law suit. It can also be very expensive. Don’t drive while impaired. Keep your BAC is well below the maximum legal limits. That way you’re less likely to become a victim of a faulty breathalyzer. Or of an overly aggressive law officer seeking to reach a DWI quota for the month. Most important, you’re less likely to be in a traffic crash.
Here are some tips to maintaining a low BAC.
- Remember that standard servings of beer, wine or spirits have the same amount of pure alcohol. Specifically, it’s six-tenths of an ounce. (0.6 ounce). A standard drink is a
- 5-ounce glass of dinner wine.
- 12-ounce can or bottle of regular beer.
- One shot (one and one-half ounces) of 80 proof liquor or spirits.
- A good guideline for most people is to limit consumption of alcohol to one drink per hour.
- Eat food while you drink. Food will help slow the absorption of alcohol into your body.
- Don’t play drinking games or contests.
- Drink alcohol carefully with medications. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about this and follow their advice.
If you must drive after drinking, stay completely sober
This website discourages driving while impaired by alcohol or any other cause. It is informational only. It makes no suggestions or recommendations, other than to drive sober and safely.
Resources: Legal Proof about Intoxication
- Drinking Alcohol and Driving
- DWI Facts & Fiction: Urban Myths
- Breathalyzer Accuracy and DWI/DUI Conviction Rates
- Failed Field Sobriety Test Happens to Sober Drivers Often.
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