In the State of California, an alcohol level of .08 percent is considered over the legal limit. Even if you feel okay and just a little buzzed after having a few drinks, you still need to hand your keys over to a designated driver. Keep in mind that what registers as .08 percent for one person may register lower or higher for someone else. Factors like your weight and the amount of time passed since your last drink come into play.
For those under the age of 21, a BAC of over .01 percent is over the legal limit. This basically means you can’t have any traces of alcohol whatsoever. For drivers of commercial vehicles, the limit is .04 percent. Remember, however, that these are just numbers; common sense is the best indicator of whether you have had one too many drinks. Also watch out for your buddies and gauge whether they have had too many drinks to safely get behind the wheel. Don’t be afraid to step up and take the keys away from your friend if you have to. Taking a passive stance could cause irreversible regret should something happen on the road as a result of impaired judgment.
Nevertheless, if you have been pulled over and arrested on suspicion of DUI, you should contact a Beverley Hills DUI attorney. There are circumstances that could potentially work in your favor, such as if the breathalyzer was administered incorrectly. Even if the evidence is overwhelmingly against you, your lawyer can still be of valuable assistance in other areas, such as arranging for a plea bargain deal or arguing on your behalf for a sentence reduction.