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DUI Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the legal blood alcohol content (BAC)?

Drivers 21 and over may not drive with a BAC of .08% or higher.  For drivers under 21, that percentage is .01%.  The latter percentage also applies to drivers of any age if they are on DUI probation.  A vehicle requiring a commercial driver's license may not be operated with a BAC of .04% or higher.

How do I know if I've had too much alcohol to drive?

It is important to know that guides published regarding safe alcohol consumption levels are not precise and if followed, may still result in you being over the legal limit.  Regardless of legal limit, it is important not to drive when impaired by drugs or alcohol.  This can include medicines that warn of side effects such as drowsiness.  For alcohol, it takes approximately one hour per drink for the effects to subside to a safe level.  Again, this is a rough guide which can be affected by factors such as fatigue, food and body weight.  If in doubt, do not drive.  If you have already been charged with DUI, a Pasadena DUI lawyer should be contacted to help with your case.

Are DUI laws the same for drivers under 21?

The basic premise of DUI law applies to all drivers.  However, different rules and requirements regarding alcohol and driving apply to drivers under 21.  There may be slight differences in the process by which a DUI charge is addressed.  They will also face somewhat different penalties imposed by the court and the DMV if they are convicted of a DUI.  At Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, we represent drivers of all ages.

Can I have alcohol in my car if I'm not over the legal BAC limit?

Alcohol may not be carried in a car unless the container is full, unopened and sealed.  Otherwise, it must be in the trunk or a part of the car which does not carry passengers.  It is illegal to have an opened bottle of alcohol in the glove compartment.  No alcohol may be consumed in a vehicle except in the case of non-driving passengers in a bus, motor home, taxi or camper.  There are slightly stricter requirements for drivers under the age of 21.

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