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Don't Be an Inmate's Valentine

When you take your sweetheart out to dinner this Valentine's Day, the last thing you want is to end up in the county jail for DUI arrest.  The best way to avoid a DUI is to know your limits.  Often times people celebrate holidays with wine, champagne or other cocktails.  Generally, one or two glasses of wine will not put you over the legal limit, however each person is unique. The prosecution can prove your guilt of a DUI based on either of two separate criteria: (1) you are over the legal limit of .08 BAC; or (2) your ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.  Even if your blood alcohol concentration is below .08, you may still be arrested and prosecuted for DUI if your driving is impaired.  This is important for light and occasional drinkers who may be more susceptible to the effects of alcohol. The only accurate way to evaluate your blood alcohol concentration is by taking a breathalyzer or blood test.  You can estimate your blood alcohol concentration by using the blood alcohol calculator (follow link).  Another way is to estimate using the following table:

Drinks Body Weight in Pounds
100 120 140 160 180 200 220 240
0 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 Only Safe Driving Limit
1 .04 .03 .03 .02 .02 .02 .02 .02 Driving Skills Significantly Affected
Possible Criminal Penalties
2 .08 .06 .05 .05 .04 .04 .03 .03
3 .11 .09 .08 .07 .06 .06 .05 .05
4 .15 .12 .11 .09 .08 .08 .07 .06
5 .19 .16 .13 .12 .11 .09 .09 .08
6 .23 .19 .16 .14 .13 .11 .10 .09 Legally Intoxicated
Criminal Penalties
7 .26 .22 .19 .16 .15 .13 .12 .11
8 .30 .25 .21 .19 .17 .15 .14 .13
9 .34 .28 .24 .21 .19 .17 .15 .14
10 .38 .31 .27 .23 .21 .19 .17 .16 Death Possible
Subtract .01% for each 40 minutes of drinking. One drink is 1.25 oz. of 80 proof liquor, 12 oz. of beer, or 5 oz. of table wine.

There is a separate BAC chart for women.  Women generally take longer to metabolize alcohol than men. If you have questions or you have been arrested for DUI, contact an attorney as soon as possible.  In Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at mwbouldin@fuse.net .

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