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Crystal Lake DUI defense attorneyAlcohol consumption is a common part of life for many people in the United States and throughout the world, used in everything from social gatherings to religious ceremonies. Responsible consumption is often relatively harmless, but excessive drinking can pose increasing risks for both drinkers and the people around them.

Those who drink alcohol have a legal responsibility to refrain from driving while inebriated. In Illinois, the legal limit for driving is a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08. If you are found to have a BAC of 0.08 or higher, you can face legal consequences in the form of charges for driving under the influence (DUI). However, alcohol can begin to affect one’s body even at BAC levels below 0.08, and the effects increase at higher concentrations. If you drink alcohol, you should familiarize yourself with these different stages.

Physiological Effects of Different BAC Levels

Every person handles alcohol differently, which means that one person with a certain BAC might feel different effects than another person with the same BAC. An individual’s metabolism, size, body weight, genetic and acquired tolerance, and many other factors could affect how your body processes alcohol.

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Dangers for Sober Drivers on St. Patrick's DayNo U.S. holiday is more associated with drinking than St. Patrick’s Day. Falling on a Saturday this year will only increase the number of people out celebrating. Lots of intoxicated people on the road means that there will be more instances of drunk driving. Local police are well aware of this and will be watching for people driving under the influence of alcohol. However, those who chose to stay sober face their own dangers. Sober drivers on St. Patrick’s Day must watch for intoxicated drivers and an increased police presence.

Personal Safety

You may celebrate the holiday responsibly by making sure you are not impaired before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, you should assume that someone else on the road is not being responsible. Unfortunately, drunk drivers often involve innocent drivers in their accidents, possibly causing serious injuries or death. There are several steps you can take to protect yourself and those who have chosen to drink too much:

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field sobriety tests, Crystal Lake Criminal Defense AttorneyThose who have been pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving are likely familiar with the types of tests that officers will request people perform. However, these field sobriety tests are often misunderstood, and can result in people failing to fully exercise their legal rights, and result in a DUI conviction that could have been avoided. Hence, it is important to understand the mechanics of these tests.

The Mechanics of Field Sobriety Tests

The field sobriety tests consist of a set of four tests that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has standardized. The goal of the standardization is to provide clear conditions for passing or failing the tests, though it is not clear how well that actually works in practice.

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