Jacksonville Driving Under the Influence of an Alcoholic Beverages occurs in two situations. First, the State of Florida must prove that the person is driving (or in actual physical control) of a motor vehicle. Second, the State of Florida must prove either the driver (1) was under the influence of alcoholic beverages to the extent that his normal faculties were impaired or (2) had a breath or blood alcohol level of .08 grams of alcohol or higher.
This begs the question: “How much is too much?” The first scenario is the easiest to determine. Normal faculties are your ability to see, walk, talk, hear, and to function normally. Therefore, if a Jacksonville driver’s ability to so if impaired, he cannot legally drive. As for the breath or blood alcohol level, this is a bit tricky. In general, studies show that if a person has one drink (12 oz. beer, 4 oz. wine, or 1 oz. 80 proof liquor), that person should be below .08 alcohol level. However, there are so many other factors involved, such as the person’s size and whether or not the person has eaten. Thus, there is no way to technically determine the blood alcohol level based on consumption alone.
If you have been arrested for Jacksonville Driving Under the Influence of Alcoholic Beverages or a Controlled Substance, contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer today.