Anywhere you drive; there will be laws that designate a legal limit for the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. If you get behind the wheel of a car after having a few drinks and are pulled over for speeding or some other traffic violation, you may be asked to submit to a field sobriety test if the officer believes there is reason you are driving over the legal limit. Some people believe they can monitor their level of alcohol intake, and remain under the legal limit by following certain “rules”. Among these “rules” are urban legends like drinking a glass of water between alcoholic drinks will keep your BAC level in check. Other popular methods for trying to avoid having more than the legal amount of alcohol in your bloodstream is to time drinks; this is based on the belief that alcohol enters and leaves your system within a certain timeframe. However, every person’s physiological make up is different, so the only real way to make sure your BAC remains at an acceptable level is to avoid drinking before driving. There are also other factors that have an impact on your BAC level, and they are unique to you.

A  DUI in Florida is defined as having a BAC of 0.08 or more. These five things play a role in when and if you reach that limit:

  • How much you weigh.


  • How tall you are.


  • Whether you are male or female.


  • How long it has been since your last drink, which is not the same as timing your alcohol intake on a continuous basis. This factor visualizes instances where you stop drinking for a significant period of time altogether.


  • Whether you have had anything to eat.



If you have been charged with DUI it is important you explore all of your defense possibilities. From how the traffic stop was made, to the facts leading up to that stop, every piece of the puzzle helps tell the story. Our team of skilled DUI defense attorneys can help you if you have been charged with a DUI.

For answers to questions about DUI’s, call an experienced criminal defense attorney today. Skilled criminal defense attorneys in Stuart and the Treasure Coast are here to help you reach workable solutions. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.