A DUI in Florida is defined as driving while having a BAC of over 0.08%. In most cases a driver reaches this point by having too much alcohol, but more than just alcohol consumption can lead to a BAC that is over the legal limit. This makes it hard to know when to stop drinking and can mean that the last drink you had is the one that put you over the edge. Knowing when too much is too much depends on a variety of factors, and those factors are different for everyone.
The way alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream varies from person to person and this makes it near impossible to come up with a hard and fast rule about how many drinks will lead to DUI. There are other factors at play and depending on your particular make-up, the following things can cause you to reach the legal limit faster (or slower) than your friends:
- Your age and gender.
- Your weight.
- Whether you have had anything to eat, or had very little to eat before drinking.
- Whether you have been taking any prescriptions or over the counter medications.
- Any medical conditions you have that can cause alcohol to be consumed at a faster rate than those without the condition.
When these things are taken into consideration it becomes clear that determining how many drinks you can safely have is difficult to know. The safest bet is to drink nothing at all or have a designated driver. But this is not always possible when plans are made last minute or your designated driver backs out without notice. We understand the problems being charged with DUI creates and work hard to help you keep your license and minimize the impact a DUI arrest has on your daily routine. Call our team of experienced DUI and criminal defense attorneys today to find out what to do if you have been charged with DUI. We will review your case and let you know your options and what to expect during your case.
If you have questions about DUI defense, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.