DUI/DWI and its effects
DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) are legal terms used to define drunk driving. If you have been charged with a DUI/DWI, it is wise to know the different terms and definitions used in the legal process. There are numerous terms that are used. However, not all of them apply to your case. It is wise to talk to a DUI lawyer to understand the terms and definitions that relate to your specific charge. Below are some of the definitions that every driver should be familiar with:
BAC: This stands for “blood alcohol concentration.” BAC is measured in percentage and refers to the alcohol level in the system. In Texas, BAC can be measured by urine or blood test and a Breathalyzer test. In May 2007, all the 50 states had set the BAC limit to 0.08%.
Blood test: This is an alcohol test conducted in the lab by drawing blood from the DUI suspect.
Breathalyzer: this is a portable device used by law enforcement agents to measure the alcohol level on a suspected driver.
Field Sobriety Test: field tests are designed to help the law enforcement to determine whether a driver in intoxicated. The most common tests include walking a straight line, standing on one leg, reciting the alphabet, or standing while the feet are together with arms extended. Field sobriety tests are very subjective and not fully conclusive. On their own, these tests cannot be used to conclude that a driver is intoxicated. In Texas, you will not be penalized for refusing to take a field sobriety test. However, refusing a Blood alcohol test can lead to license suspension.
Absorption rate: this is the speed at which the alcohol consumed makes its way into the blood. When the alcohol rests in the stomach, absorption is normally delayed. There are several factors that may influence the absorption rate such as the type of alcohol consumed, the food eaten and specific individual biological differences. As drinking continues absorption and metalizing of the alcohol is normally in progress.
A DUI charge on your record will have several negative implications. This is why it wise to consult with a DUI/DWI lawyer. Their experience and expertise can help you get a lesser penalty. They can also negotiate for the offender to enroll in rehabilitation programs instead of being sentenced to jail time. One of the effects of a DUI charge is felt on the car insurance rates. If you are charged and convicted with a DUI, insurance companies will treat you as a high-risk client.