Why is .08 the legal BAC limit for Virginia DUI?

Studies show that at with a BAC level of .08 or above, people tend to experience mild euphoria, with side effects that include: 

  • Decreased inhibitions
  • Diminution of attention
  • Loss of judgment and control
  • Motor sensory impairment
  • Loss of efficiency in performance tests 

Consequently, these effects will hinder your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Can I use a BAC calculator to estimate how much I should drink?

There are various internet sites that allow you to estimate your tolerance with a BAC calculator. To calculate, the site will ask you information such as: 

  • The number of drinks you have had
  • What you were drinking
  • How much you weigh
  • How many hours you have been drinking 

By entering this information, the BAC calculator will estimate the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream, but this is not a good way to determine your ability to drive safely. Remember, these calculators can only estimate the outcome of a BAC reading, and if you choose to drive based on the information they provide, you may still find yourself arrested and charged with a Virginia DUI.

If you are charged with a Virginia DUI, one of the first things you should do is contact a Virginia DUI defense attorney.

How can a Virginia DUI defense attorney help me?

If you have been convicted of a DUI in Virginia, a Virginia DUI defense attorney can help you through every step of the process. An attorney can represent you in court, help you to minimize your penalties, and get back on your feet. If you need to reinstate your Virginia driver's license after it has been suspended, an experienced attorney can make sure you complete all of the necessary steps.

Virginia DUI Defense Attorney Bob Battle has the experience and ability to help his clients use these errors to mount a successful DUI defense. To learn more about Virginia DUI, get a free copy of Bob Battle's consumer guide, How to Choose a DUI Lawyer in Virginia. Or, contact 804-673-5600 to schedule your legal consultation today.

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