When you go out for drinks, you’re always cautious that you don’t have more than a single drink per hour. You want to get a good buzz, but you don’t want to be so intoxicated that you can’t drive safely.
Normally, you stay where you are for an hour after you stop drinking, too, because you want to be certain that you are sober. This time, though, you had to rush out after dinner. You knew you weren’t intoxicated enough to drive dangerously, though, so you got behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, any amount of alcohol in your system can affect how you drive. When you were stopped for weaving, you only had a .03% blood alcohol content (BAC), but you failed the field sobriety tests. The officer questioned if you’d been taking drugs, too, but you only take an antihistamine.
In the end, the officer decided to arrest you for driving while impaired. Now, some of the penalties that you could face include:
- License suspension
- Community service
- Vehicle immobilization
- Ignition interlock device
This kind of arrest may seem unfair, and it may be. Officers can arrest you below the legal limit if they think they have enough evidence of impairment. You also have a right to defend yourself under those circumstances. Your BAC was low, and the likelihood that your weaving was a result of intoxication is virtually nonexistent. Your attorney’s job will be to prove that the prosecution does not have a case, to negotiate on your behalf and to make sure you don’t face unfair penalties.
Our website has more on DUIs and what it takes to defend yourself. A good defense can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.