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DUI Elements in D.C.

The blood alcohol content is used to define intoxication and provides a rough measure of impairment. The measurement is based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood. The police will use scientific devices to measure a person’s blood alcohol content, but there are noticeable signs that an intoxicated person gives that will alert a police officer. For example, typically with a blood alcohol content of 0.02%, a person will appear as would a person who has not drank anything. However, with a blood alcohol content of 0.1%, the person’s speech will very likely be slurred and his/her reaction and reflex time will be impaired. It is important to note that there are many factors, such as gender and weight, which will effect how a person acts after the consumption of alcohol.

In Washington D.C., In order to be convicted of driving while intoxicated, the driver must have a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. If the driver is under the age of 21, any measurable alcohol level will constitute driving while intoxicated. In order to be convicted of driving under the influence, the driver must have a BAC of 0.05% or more, or is noticeably impaired by alcohol or drugs to an “appreciable degree.” To be convicted of OWI, the driver must be so affected by the consumption of alcohol that it impaired his/her ability to operate a motor vehicle as would a person who is not intoxicated.


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