You know that you would never drive drunk. When you’re really going to party or drink heavily, you always make sure you have a place to stay or a sober driver to help you get home.
That said, you have certainly driven after you’re buzzed. This is the slight high that you often feel after just a drink or two, as the alcohol starts to kick in but long before you’re nearing your limit. Is this type of driving illegal?
What is your BAC?
The first thing to note is that not everyone has the same definition for what it means to be buzzed. Could you think that you’re just buzzed when you’re actually over the legal limit? If you drink often, that’s definitely possible.
The second thing to remember is that impairment can still lead to a drunk driving arrest, even when your blood alcohol content is under 0.08% — that legal limit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that you absolutely can “feel” the alcohol that you have consumed when you are not yet to the limit. If that impairs your driving and the police have some reason they can point to that shows impairment, outside of just failing a breath test, you could still face charges. For instance, if you lost control of your car and crashed at 0.07%, they could claim you were too intoxicated to drive.
What can you do now?
If you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, you need to know your legal options, regardless of your BAC. This is very important under 0.07%, though, as these cases can get quite complicated.