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Many factors can affect your blood-alcohol concentration

One of the key factors in drunk driving cases is your blood-alcohol concentration. The law sets the limit for driving at a BAC of .08 percent for adults who have reached the legal drinking age. If you are at or above that limit, you could face criminal charges if you were driving.

There are several factors that can affect your BAC. One of these is how much you have had to drink. When it comes to the number of drinks a person can have, there isn't any one-size-fits-all answer to how many is too many. Instead, how many drinks a person can handle before having a BAC that is at or above the legal limit depends on that individual.

A person's weight can have an impact on how many drinks they can consume before hitting the .08 percent BAC limit. Generally, a person who is heavier can consume more alcohol than a person who doesn't weigh as much. The same is true for a person's height. This means that a tall, heavy person can likely consume more alcohol than a person who is short and skinny.

Food that is consumed and a person't metabolism can both affect your BAC. Generally, alcohol burns out of the body at around .016 BAC each hour. Even though that is a fairly standard rate, it doesn't impact the rate at which your BAC will rise. Your gender, body fat to muscle ratio, the type of alcohol, how much food you've had, and how fast you are drinking will affect the rate your BAC rises.

If you have reason to believe that the BAC the police officers claim you have wasn't correct, you can address that as part of your defense strategy. You should make sure that you have a clear and confirmed basis for your claim.

Source: FindLaw, "Alcohol Metabolism Rate and Your DUI," accessed July 29, 2016

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