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High BAC Limits in Michigan OWI Cases

What is the Legal Blood Alcohol Limit in Michigan?

In the state of Michigan, it is illegal for a person with BAC of at least .08 percent can be arrested for DUI/OWI in Michigan. Blood alcohol concentration or content (BAC) is the amount of alcohol that is present in the bloodstream, according to the volume of alcohol consumed over a certain period.

Legal Alcohol Limit in Michigan

In addition, a commercial driver with a high BAC of at least .04 percent or an underage driver (under 21 years old) with a BAC of at least .02 percent can also be charged with drunk driving. Remember, having a high BAC of at least .17—more than twice the legal limit—can lead to harsher criminal penalties. In Michigan, a BAC of .17 is considered super drunk. A "Super DUI" is short for Michigan's Super Drunk OWI Law, which imposes stiff penalties on those convicted of a DUI if their BAC is 0.17 or higher.

Having a Oakland County OWI lawyers can help your case.

What are Factors Affecting High BAC?

There are several physiological factors that must be taken into consideration when figuring out how alcohol affects each person, which include the following:

  • How quickly you finish each drink (i.e. the faster you consume alcohol, the quicker your high BAC will increase)
  • The amount of food you’ve eaten before drinking
  • Weight (i.e. the more you weight, the more water your body has to dilute the effect of alcohol)
  • Age (i.e. the older you are, the more pronounced the intoxicating effects of alcohol are)
  • Gender (i.e. women generally have a higher BAC if they consume the same amount of alcohol at a similar rate compared to men)
  • If any medication was taken prior to drinking
  • Other liquids used to mix alcohol (i.e. carbonated beverages increase alcohol absorption, while water and fruit juices slow it down)
  • Alcohol tolerance
  • Stress, fatigue, and mood

One unit of alcohol is equal to up to six ounces for a glass of wine, up to 12 fl. oz. for one bottle of beer, and up to 1.5 fl. oz. for 80-roof hard liquor.

Arrested for OWI? Call (248) 440-7936 for Experienced & Skilled Legal Counsel

At Fraiberg & Pernie, we have helped countless clients get the best possible results in their DUI/OWI cases throughout Michigan. Our Oakland County OWI lawyers have 35 years of collective experience protecting our clients’ rights and future. Visit our DUI lawyer reviews to see why clients choose us when they're looking for the best OWI lawyer.

If you have been charged with an OWI, contact our DUI law firm today andschedule a free consultation to learn more about the Michigan BAC or give us a call at (248) 440-7936.

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