Nowhere in the United States is it legal to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Tennessee is no exception, and state authorities are getting stricter and stricter every year with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charges. Police officers are required to observe and interfere when suspicious of a potentially intoxicated driver. If you are driving negligently or unreasonably, even if you are not intoxicated, an officer still has the right to administer a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) test in order to determine sobriety.
Impairment from alcohol and drugs has been legally narrowed down to five “ranges” of BAC. The first, 0.01%-0.02% is when few symptoms of alcohol consumption are exhibited by a driver. It’s acceptable to drive with a BAC that falls under this range, unless the driver is under the legal age drinking age. Subtle signs of impairment appear when BAC is recorded at 0.03%-0.05%. Again, still OK to drive – but it’s pushing it. Commercially licensed drivers are stopped at this range, their limit falling at 0.04%.
A person is “driving under the influence” when blood alcohol content is at or above 0.08%. From 0.06%-0.09%, reasoned thought processes and depth perception are both compromised. Beyond this point, driving is definitely unacceptable: 0.10%-0.19% translates to dramatic decreases in motor skills and reflexes, with a strong likelihood of emotional unpredictability; while 0.20%-0.29% (the final recognized BAC range) typically means consciousness has been lost or impairment is obvious.
Contact Turner Law Offices, P.C. if you are facing charges for driving under the influence of alcohol. If the arresting officer administer a BAC test and you believe that the results were inaccurate, then you have the right to legal process. You’re far more likely to succeed in such efforts with the help of an experienced attorney, and our team has years of experience working with Tennesseans saddled with expensive DUI charges. Call today, or go online to contact one of our skilled lawyers who can help you seek justice.