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  • Drinking and Driving: How Much is .08 Percent?

    Written on April 13, 2016

    The number .08 percent doesn’t sound like a big number, but when it comes to your blood alcohol content, a hundredth of a point can make a difference of whether you drive home in your own vehicle, or in handcuffs in the back of a patrol car. That little number can be all it takes to get a DUI.

    Everyone knows that driving under the influence is dangerous: not only are you endangering your own life and the lives of other passengers and drivers on the road, but you are putting your freedom in jeopardy. A DUI charge can stay on your record for life, and can come with penalties that range from hefty fines and community service to jail time and a suspended or revoked license. It is a serious charge, because it case cause serious consequences: to you, the passengers and the other drivers on the road.

    There are many graphs and online tools to help you understand exactly how many drinks you can consume (and in what amount of time) before becoming legally impaired to drive. However, these graphs can be confusing: you must input your current weight, gender, number, and types of drinks consumed—all of this is required just to get an estimate of blood alcohol level.

    Generally speaking, anything over 1-2 drinks can cause you to be legally intoxicated. And when we say “drink,” these numbers are based on 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.

    At the Silverbach Group, we highly recommend that all persons have a designated driver before an evening out. There are also many services that offer rides home, often for free.

    If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, call the Silverbach Group today. We have many years of experience in defending clients who have been charged with this serious offense. Don’t go to court alone, your future is at risk. Contact us today at 770-635-0334 or online at


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