Blood Alcohol Concentration Explanation

What is a BAC? What Does it Measure?

BAC stands for blood alcohol content and it is used to measure the amount of alcohol found in your blood stream. It is also known as blood alcohol concentration, blood alcohol level, or blood ethanol concentration. A person’s BAC can be measured by a breathalyzer test which will be administered by a police officer if you are presumed to be driving while intoxicated. Many factors influence an individual’s blood alcohol content, including gender, weight, the amount of food in your stomach, and your metabolic tolerance. If an individual is suspected of drunk driving and upon further investigation they are measured to have a blood alcohol concentration of greater than .08%, they will be guilty of driving while intoxicated.

NJ DWI and DUI Penalties

Penalties for DWI and DUI are dependent upon your BAC at the time of arrest. For a 1st time offense:
If your BAC is 0.08% or higher but less than 0.10%:
-Loss of license for 3 Months
-Fine of up to $400.00
-12 to 48 hours of detainment and/or counseling prescribed by the -Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC)
-Up to 30 days in jail
-Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (court discretion)
-Other fines and penalties

If your BAC is 0.10% or higher but less than 0.15%:
-Loss of License from 7 months to 1 year
-Fine of up to $500.00
-12 to 48 hours of detainment and/or counseling as prescribed by the IDRC
-Up to 30 days in jail
-Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (court discretion)
-Other fines and penalties

If your BAC is 0.15% or higher:
-Loss of License from 7 months to 1 year
-Fine of up to $500.00
-12 to 48 hours of detainment and/or counseling as prescribed by the IDRC
-Up to 30 days in jail
-Mandatory installation of an Ignition Interlock Device
-Other fines and penalties

Contact an Experienced NJ DWI Lawyer About Your Charge

If you have been charged with a DWI or DUI you need to call an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. Partner, Carmine R. Villani, Esq. has a wealth of experience in New Jersey criminal defense having served as municipal prosecutor and municipal public defender in numerous municipalities in Ocean County and Monmouth County throughout his 20+ year legal career. Contact the experienced NJ criminal defense attorneys of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. for a free initial consultation. Call 732-965-3350 today!

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