How Many Drinks Will Get You A DUI? (Chart)

If you insist on driving after a few drinks, here's what you should know about how alcohol affects your system and your criminal record.

Do you know how many drinks you can have before you're in danger of getting a drunken driving violation? 

When police pull drivers over for suspected drunken driving, officers ask them to perform field sobriety tests and to take a breath test to measure Blood Alcohol Content.

A BAC test measures the percentage of alcohol present in a person's bloodstream. Illinois' legal limit is 0.08.

However, a person can still be charged even if their BAC is under 0.08 and prosecutors can prove driving impairment. 

According to the Virginia Tech Alcohol Abuse Prevention website, every 40 minutes, 0.01 percent of alcohol leaves your system. 

So, check out these attached charts before you head out on New Year's Eve, and remember, please don't drink and drive! 

Editor's note: This story has been updated to say that a person who is driving with a alcohol level below 0.08 can still be charged with driving under the influence. 

Defense Attorney December 27, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Good thing Tim wasn't this guys attorney http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/6599485-418/glen-ellyn-man-sues-naperville-police-claims-false-dui-arrest.html
Despiser of Obama December 27, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Tim December 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Obviously, you did not look at the court schedule already posted for Will County. There are MULTIPLE examples of what you claim does not exist. http://www.willcountycircuitcourt.com/schedule/PUBLIC/a.txt If it is still confusing to you; DRVG UNDER INFLU/BAC means = BAC > 0.08 DRVG UNDER INFLU means = BAC < 0.08 (that means LESS THAN, if it confuses you) Many times these appear together, because they are 2 different charges. However, as you can see by looking at the court documents, they are not ALWAYS together. Even a single instance of a DUI below .08(although there are many) disproves your claims. In the 'A' section alone, there are these exact cases that have already proceeded to trial(and beyond). Contrary to your limited personal experience of them being dismissed in DuPage county(however many years ago that was), the times have obviously changed. There are also multiple arraignments(meaning arrests, but not yet convicted). And you claim I am ignoring the facts and law? This is sourced straight from the Will County courthouse, and you are still trying to deny it exists? This is also an increasing tactic across the country; "Defense Lawyers Seeing More DUI Charges Under .08 in Washington" http://www.grahamlawyerblog.com/2011/10/13/defense-lawyers-dui-charges-under-08/ Note: No accident, or injury involved
Despiser of Obama December 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I bet a few guys here can get to .20 on only four drinks. Isn't that special!
Gina December 28, 2012 at 02:42 PM


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