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The amount of alcohol in your system is vitally important

When you are facing drunk driving charges, there are several different points that you need to carefully consider. One of these has to do with the blood alcohol concentration percentage that is associated with your case. This is important because it is often central to the case against you. However, that isn't the only reason it is important.

Your blood alcohol concentration percentage is a good indicator of how the alcohol is impacting your mental, physical and cognitive abilities. The higher the BAC, the more pronounced the negative impacts.

By the time you hit .07 to .09 percent, you will most likely have motor and cognitive impairment issues. There isn't any escaping this fact. Your self control and caution decrease at this point. Your abilities to steer and react to sudden issues while you drive are also decreased. You might have trouble seeing or changing lanes.

At .10 to .12 percent, you will likely have slurred speech. Your ability to drive is reduced even more because you will have trouble thinking and reacting at this point. You won't be able to judge situations properly and might take unnecessary risks.

When your BAC is .15 percent, you are more than 380 times more likely to be involved in an accident that is fatal than what you are when you haven't been drinking. The risk of death from alcohol toxicity often increase at between .30 to .40 percent.

Thinking about the impacts of BAC on your abilities makes it a bit easier to see why drunk driving charges are taken seriously. In some cases, it might be possible to call the BAC measurement into question as part of your defense strategy.

Source: Lifeloc Technologies, "BAC Measurement," accessed Sep. 26, 2017

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