A DUI in Los Angeles will typically be prosecuted when a person is above the legal limit. In California, a permissible alcohol level in blood in equal to 0.08% for adult non-commercial drivers who are not on DUI probation. Commercial drivers, when operating a commercial vehicle, are permitted to have no more then 0.04% blood alcohol content. Minors are not allowed to have any alcohol under a zero-tolerance California law. A violation of zero-tolerance California violation is not a crime, but will have a one year license suspension. A “minor DUI”, is an infraction level offense that has the legal limit of .05%. An infraction is not a jailable offense but will also cause a one year license suspension.
A 0.08% DUI, charged as a violation of California Vehicle Code section 23152(b), arguably, the most common crime in Los Angeles. Los Angeles DUI attorneys are experts in defending any DUI related charged in Los Angeles county and will represent you in court and at the DMV.
A standard alcoholic drink is considered a 1.5 ounce of hard liquor, a 12 ounce bottle of beer, or a 5 ounce glass of wine. The alcohol level in blood will be affected by the number of standard drinks and by the weight of a person. A heavier person will be affected less by a standard drink. A person who weights 200 pounds might reach the legal limit of .08% BAC after 4 drink. In contrast, a person who weights 100 pounds might reach the legal limit of .08% BAC after only 2 drinks.
The sex of the driver will also affect the blood alcohol level. Some scientific studies conclude that women’s body chemistry affects the alcohol level and women reach higher blood alcohol content then men with the same number of drinks and same body weight.
Alcohol level will drop with the passage of time through a process called elimination. The elimination of alcohol from a body will be differ from one person to another with an average reduction of approximately .01% BAC for each 40 minutes of time passed. For example, a male person who weight 200 pounds and consumes 4 standard drinks might reach a level of .08% BAC as the peak blood alcohol level. If that person stops drinking two hours after starting, his alcohol level might drop to .05%. The machines that measured alcohol level can often be inaccurate or have contaminants that will affect the measurements. Further, the operator of the machine might not be trained sufficiently to eliminate interferences in the measurements – causing high readings despite little alcohol in the body. The example given here is based on average persons, who will not represent a Los Angeles DUI defendant like yourself because the individual variances are too significant. Lastly, body chemistry can be very complicated and can be misrepresented by tools and scientific equipment used by police to decide level of impairment.
Many of defenses used by Los Angeles DUI Attorneys are focused on showing that scientifically, the measurements of alcohol level in blood can be easily manipulated or inaccurately measured. If you are facing DUI charged in Los Angeles courts, please call our office for a free consultation. You will be able to directly talk to a skilled Los Angeles DUI attorney any time of the day.