Understanding Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) in California. Online: sandiegodefenders.com, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoCriminalDefenseLawyers Welcome everyone to the DUI Minute, a service brought to you by San Diego Defenders for informational purposes. It’s not to be construed as legal advice; I’d ask you to consult with a lawyer if you’re looking for specific legal advice. I’m yourhost Dan Smith, supervising attorney for San Diego Defenders.
Today we’re going to talk about where we start, the .08 or what’s called the legal limit, the BAC- blood alcohol content. It all begins with your body metabolism, alcohol, and what it does with your body. Now let’s say that you’re at the bar, you’re watching a great game on the television, and you’re a big guy.
Let’s say you had four beers in an hour, because it’s an exciting game, and you’re thirsty, and you’re having a great time. Well you can pretty much count on that resulting in about a .02 per cocktail rise in your blood alcohol. If you’re a woman, you weigh less, your metabolism’s a little bit different, it can be as high as .035.
So a cocktail, what is that? Well that’s a standard beer, twelve ounce beer. If it’s a well drink, it’s one and a half ounces of alcohol in a well drink. If you’re drinking those, and you drink four of those in an hour, you can pretty much count on you being over the legal limit of .08. Now that is for California. It may differ in your state.
Here in California it’s .08. It’s something that we all need to be really concerned …