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Blood Alcohol Content Levels - Know Your Rights. Contact Barclay Law, LLC

Discover what Birmingham, AL DUI lawyer John Michael Barclay can do for you

How much alcohol you drink, your weight, sex and age affects your blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. The more you drink, the higher your BAC. And the higher your BAC, the more severe the consequences for a DUI conviction are for drunk drivers in Alabama.

At Barclay Law, LLC, attorney John Michael Barclay and his staff work tirelessly on every DUI case. We have a comprehensive understanding of Alabama's laws concerning BAC, including what is the legal limit for being deemed a drunk driver in Alabama. The legal BAC limits include:

  • .08 percent of blood alcohol for most drivers in Alabama
  • .04 percent for drivers with a commercial driver's license
  • .02 percent for drivers under 21 years old

Another factor to consider is if your BAC exceeds .15 percent. Under Alabama's double minimum punishment law, the fines and penalties - including jail time - are double for most drivers who have a BAC over .15 percent. Such strict standards illustrate the severity of the consequences of a DUI conviction in Alabama.

Barclay Law, LLC fights for justice, one case at a time. We're on your side

Our website contains a BAC calculator (you should not rely on our calculator to determine your official BAC and it is not advice). You should be aware that many different factors can affect a person's BAC. In particular, breath tests administered to determine a person's BAC are notoriously unreliable. Some of the factors that can influence the results of a breath test include:

  • Breathalyzer settings
  • Improper handling or storage of evidence
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Diet (high protein, low carbohydrate diets sometimes affect test results)
  • Diabetes
  • Holding your breath before taking breath test often results in higher false readings
  • Burping within 20 minutes often produces "false high" BAC readings or residual "mouth alcohol"
  • Mouth alcohol produced by blood, chewing tobacco or other substances trapped in a person's mouth often produces false high BAC readings

Rate of breathing often effects test results. Faster breathing or hyperventilating before tests sometimes produces lower test readings. Even what part of the breath the breath test reads can dramatically affect the results of a breath test. The last part of someone's exhaled breath often produces a much higher - and inaccurate - reading than the first part of someone's exhaled breath, according to numerous medical studies.

Take back control - Contact us today

Attorney Barclay knows there are many inaccuracies with breath tests and will aggressively challenge the results. You have the right to legally refuse to take a breath test. However, if you refuse to do so, you could be arrested due to Alabama's implied consent law, even if you are completely sober. That's why it's important you contact Barclay Law, LLC as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Call 866-584-1023 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule a free consultation.

Time is of the essence. The clock starts running the second a police officer stops you for DUI in Alabama. If you are arrested for DUI in Alabama, your driver's license will likely be suspended for 90 days, unless you request an administrative license revocation hearing within 10 calendar days of your arrest. Don't simply accept your license suspension for DUI in Alabama. Take action. Contact attorney Barclay right now.

Everyone makes mistakes. And everyone deserves a second chance. Get that second chance. Contact Barclay Law, LLC. We fight for people's rights every day. Located in Birmingham, AL, our law firm proudly serves people throughout the state of Alabama, including Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Montgomery and the municipalities of Adamsville, Bessemer, Docena, Dolomite, Fairfield, Fultondale, Graysville, Homewood, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Mount Olive, New Castle, Pleasant Grove, Prattville, Shannon, Vestavia, Watson and Wetumpka.

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