An excessive BAC may be it all takes to be charged
You may know your limits, but if they are above the legal level of 0.08 percent, you could still get into trouble, no matter how confident you are behind the wheel. A single mistake on the part of any road user can result in an accident. However, if you are involved in that accident and also found to be over the limit, you could face serious consequences even if you did not cause the crash.
Drunk driving is taken very seriously in South Carolina. As such, if you are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, officers are likely to request that you submit to a number of tests. You are not obliged to do so, but if you refuse, you could face the suspension of your driver’s license.
As this article on DUI laws explains, officers may not even need to conduct other tests to determine your sobriety. If they do, the results could still end up being largely irrelevant if you have already been shown to be over the legal BAC limit. This is because of per se laws, which generally mean if your BAC is too high, no other evidence is required to prove your intoxication. However, if you decide to challenge the results, your performance in other checks, such as field sobriety tests, could be important.
If you have been accused of drunk driving or if you are concerned about breath test results and how they could affect your case, an attorney may prove to be an invaluable ally. He or she can explain the charges you face and may be able to offer advice about challenging the results of Breathalyzer tests and other BAC measurements. With this guidance, you can begin to form your defense and work toward a fair and favorable resolution to your trial.