Blood alcohol content, or BAC, is the quantification the legal system uses to determine how much alcohol is in a person’s system at a given moment. While BAC is designed to be objective and consistent, it can be calculated in many different ways and can vary widely depending on the person being tested.
BAC Quantifies Impairment
Blood alcohol content gives the law enforcement and prosecutors a way to determine the impairment of someone in a DUI or DWI case. The state of Maryland uses the benchmark of a .08 BAC to determine whether or not a person is impaired.
This is not a perfect system, as a .08 can mean very different things from person to person. Some people may be able to function normally at a higher BAC than .08, while others may struggle to function at a lower level. States set the limit at different numbers, and while all are arbitrary, they are of immense legal significance.
In Maryland, if a person blows a .08 or above, he or she will be deemed legally impaired, and no argument can contest that in court. They will be charged with Driving Under the Influence, or a DUI. At a BAC of .07, the crime likely carries a charge of Driving While Impaired, which is a lesser crime in the eyes of the law. At .06 and below, impairment is not assumed, and a conviction of any crime is less likely.
The Influence of Strong Legal Counsel
DUIs and DWIs have serious legal repercussions, and require professional legal help. At Robinson and Associates, we are experienced with the laws surrounding impaired driving. We can help you understand the charges you are facing, your legal rights, and how we can help.
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