After pulling an Alaska driver over for suspected drunk driving, law enforcement will do specific things in order to determine whether additional steps are necessary. This includes the administration of field sobriety tests and possibly the administration of a chemical test. A chemical test, often done with the use of a Breathalyzer device, can determine a driver’s blood alcohol content. If the driver registers a BAC of .08% or higher, he or she is considered legally intoxicated and will be placed under arrest.
A person’s blood alcohol content is based on the volume of alcohol consumed by an individual over a period of time. There are various factors that affect a person’s BAC, and these differ significantly from person to person. A driver’s BAC does not necessarily depend on the number of drinks or type of alcohol consumed, but it may depend more on the unique way that individual’s body reacts to alcohol. It is possible for someone to have a BAC over the legal limit after consuming only a small amount of alcohol.
Variables that can affect BAC levels
No two people are the same, and no two people will have the same reaction to alcohol. There are times when drivers may feel that they are capable of safely operating a vehicle because they have not consumed a significant amount of alcohol. Some of the factors that may impact a person’s BAC levels include:
- Rate of consumption
- Body composition, including amount of muscle and fat one has
- Strength of the drinks consumed
- Food consumed before and while drinking
- Emotional state
It is possible that you could face drunk driving charges even if you do not feel that you are intoxicated. While there are different factors that could affect your BAC, it is also beneficial to consider the possibility of a faulty Breathalyzer test or improper administration of a chemical test.
Your best defense strategy
Defending your interests when facing a drunk driving charge starts as soon as possible after an arrest. A careful look at your case and entire interaction with law enforcement can help you identify the most appropriate strategy by which you can confront the prosecution’s case. With a carefully crafted defense plan, you will be in a better position to defend your interests and personal freedom.