If you are pulled over in Texas and suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, the authorities may require you to undergo field sobriety or breathalyzer testing. This is common practice.
However, what you may not realize is that there are factors besides how much you have drank that can impact the results of these tests.
Understanding DWI and DUI laws in Texas
In Texas, you can be charged with a DWI or DUI, which are often used interchangeably but differ from a legal standpoint. DUIs only apply to minors who are impaired by any amount of alcohol or drugs.
If you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) reading of more than .08 in Texas, you can be charged with DWI. If convicted, you can lose your license and face significant fines.
How different factors impact alcohol absorption rate
Each person is unique, and their body makeup and composition can impact how alcohol is absorbed. One factor that affects how quickly your body absorbs alcohol is a person’s gender. There are biological differences between women and men. People with more body fat have increased water content, which helps absorb the alcohol.
Some medications can increase a person’s BAC too. This includes medicines used for treating a cough or colds and herbal supplements. Understanding how these things can impact your BAC is important if you plan to drink.
Understanding your rights and DUI/DWI charges
Texas takes driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol seriously. If you are caught and convicted, you will face serious potential consequences. Because of this, it’s important to know and protect your rights and take steps to minimize the impact of this charge.