Tuesday, March 22, 2011
What is drunk? There's an app for that.
More than a few people I've talked to - who have been accused of being "drunk" and driving - have told me that they sure didn't "feel intoxicated" at the time of their arrest. However, the test that they took down at the cop-shop had something else to say about that.
Wanting to be careful in the future, here are some things you may want to consider and tools you might employ to gauge your own level of intoxication.
#1 - A general rule of thumb is that you can have one 12oz. beer, one 4 oz. glass of wine, or one 1.5 oz. shot of whiskey per hour and not be "over-the-limit."
#2 - You can also look to something like this "wheel" to help guesstimate your Blood Alcohol Content before you get behind "the wheel" of your vehicle.
#3 And finally, there are also any number of apps (free and otherwise) available for your smart phone which also purport to assist you in these calculations.
(Please understand that these BAC Calculators are best used for for informational purposes only. One shouldn't rely on them for the purpose of drinking alcohol and then driving; however, they might make for an interesting conversation piece at your next cocktail party or "appy" hour.)
In all seriousness, the consequences that can flow from a DWI arrest and prosecution can be HUGE - the loss of your driver’s license, heavy fines, probation, jail, vehicle impoundment or forfeiture... the list goes on and on. The State of Minnesota treats Drunk Driving quite seriously - and so do I.
If you've been arrested for Drunk Driving, you need to ensure that your rights are protected and that your concerns and desires are addressed. Your best, first move should be to contact an experienced, tenacious Minnesota DWI Lawyer who will fight for you and your future.