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Blood Alcohol Concentration in Las Vegas

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Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is a term that you will often hear associated with DUI in Nevada. This refers to the concentration of alcohol in your blood and may be measured by a blood test or a breath test.

This test may be administered if you were pulled over for suspected drunk driving and the officer observed behavior or other indicators of intoxication, such as:

  • Slurred speech
  • Open alcohol containers
  • Bloodshot eyes

If you are facing DUI charges, seek legal guidance from the skilled Las Vegas DUI lawyer from my firm at once. The officer will likely ask you to undergo field sobriety testing as well, to measure your physical and mental abilities and whether they may be impaired due to alcohol consumption. If the officer has probable cause to believe that you were operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, he or she will ask you to submit to a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol concentration.

Refusing to Take a Blood Test

While you can refuse breath or blood testing to determine your BAC, this refusal will result in the automatic suspension of your driver's license. In applying and signing for a Nevada driver's license, you are considered to have given consent to submit to chemical testing if suspected of DUI. The officer is, however, required to inform you of the consequences of refusing a breath test or blood test, so you can make an informed decision about refusing the test.

In the state of Nevada, you may not operate a motor vehicle if you have a BAC of 0.08% or greater, or 0.02% or greater if you are under 21 years old. It is important to note that although your blood alcohol concentration is a crucial part of any DUI offense, that you may still face charges even if your BAC is below the legal limit. If your ability to drive safely is impaired, you may still face DUI charges in Nevada even if your BAC is below 0.08%.

For more information, please contact a Las Vegas DUI attorney today!

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