The meaning of a .08 in Dawson Co. DUI cases

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 01, 2011 | 0 Comments

If you are facing DUI charges in Dawson County, you probably heard the Dawson County police officer talk about "being above a .08."  But what does a .08 mean?

Well, the amount of alcohol in a driver's body is measured by the weight of the alcohol in the blood. This is called the blood alcohol concentration or BAC. Theoretically, BAC measurements provide a way to identify levels of impairment, as alcohol at a certain level is presumed by the state legislature to mean indicate impairment to drive a motor vehicle. 

BAC is expressed in grams per deciliter (g/dl) of blood, and in Georgia a person is considered per se under the influence if his or her BAC is .08 g/dl or greater.  This is measured by a blood or breath test.  At the roadside stop, Dawson County officers usually administer alco-sensor breath tests to drivers they suspect of driving under the influence.  Dawson County officers and prosecuting attorneys give these results a great deal of weight, h owever, these tests can be unreliable as there are a variety of factors that affect their reading.

If you have been charged with a DUI, call experienced Dawsonville DUI attorney Richard S Lawson for a free consultation.

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Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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