Lake Charles, LA- If you are facing DWI charges in Lake Charles, you may not be aware yet how your blood alcohol concentration will affect your charges. Louisiana, like many other states, has laws which impose tougher penalties for high blood alcohol concentrations. We’ll discuss how you BAC at the time of your arrest will impact what you are charged with what penalties you face if you are convicted.

First, USAttorneys will discuss what blood alcohol concentration is and what it does to your body. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines BAC as: “The amount of alcohol in a person’s body is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain volume of blood.” As you consume your wine, beer or cocktails, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream through your stomach and small intestines and the more you absorb the more intoxicated you become. Exactly how much you have to drink to exceed the legal limit really depends on several factors which include your tolerance, your height, your weight and how quickly you metabolize alcohol. One person can have two beers and hardly reach the legal limit while another person can drink the same amount at the same pace and far exceed the legal limit.

You can find a BAC calculator on the internet so you can get an idea of how much you can drink when you go out. We like the BAC calculator on the Health Status website. Just note that any BAC calculator on the internet is just going to give you an approximation.

Now, when it comes to DWI, the higher your blood alcohol concentration, the tougher penalties you face.  If your BAC is or exceeds 0.15 or 0.20, you will face up to 48 hours in jail, possibly longer and will lose your license for at least two years. You will also face costly fines and may be ordered to attend alcohol awareness classes. It is much harder to negotiate for reduced penalties or a more lenient sentence if you have a high blood alcohol concentration.

The best policy for anyone is to not avoid drinking and driving altogether. But if you do drink and drive, don’t make an additional mistake by refusing to get legal counsel. If you live in Lake Charles, Louisiana we recommend you contact the law offices of Troy Broussard to talk about your case and help you decide the best way to approach your case.

The legal consequences of a DWI in Louisiana will affect many aspects of your life and leave you with a criminal record. Your wallet will take hit to the tune of several thousand and you could lose a number of freedoms. If you want an unassailable defense, we urge you to contact DWI lawyer Troy Broussard to assist you with all aspects of your DWI case.