Can a high BAC affect my DWI charge?

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense. Individuals who drive after consuming alcohol and have a blood alcohol content (BAC) 0.08% or higher can face serious consequences if convicted of DWI. Drivers who are under 21 years old can be charged and convicted of DWI if any alcohol is found in their system.

When drivers have a high BAC, it can affect their potential sentence if convicted of DWI. If drivers are caught with a blood alcohol content that is over 0.15%, they will be required to install an ignition interlock device in any car that they usually drive, in addition to a driver’s license suspension. The driver must pay for the installation cost of the interlock system as well as the monthly maintenance costs. These expenses are in addition to any fines, court costs, and surcharges the driver is required to pay after sentencing.

Drivers who continue to drive while intoxicated face more severe penalties. A second DWI offender faces a 2-year driver’s license suspension, increased fines and penalties, surcharges, and a longer period for the ignition interlock. A third time offender is subject to 180 days in jail, license suspension for 10 years, increased fines and penalties, and installation of the interlock device.

If you or your family member has been charged with a DWI, having an experienced criminal defense team available to advocate on your behalf is crucial. The Rem Law Group, P.C. is here to help. Contact our firm today.