While you shouldn’t need a NY criminal defense attorney to tell you it is a bad idea to get behind the wheel of a vehicle in New York State (or any state for that matter) after having consumed alcohol, Saland Law PC has provided our readers with a tool that can assist them in understanding how much alcohol one must consume before one is legally intoxicated. In New York, that legal level to sustain a conviction for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI /DUI) is .08. However, even if one’s BAC is not recorded, courts can still find one guilty under the “Common Law” DWI / DUI statute that is satisfied through observations of drunkenness on the part of a police officer.
The tool linked on our DWI / DUI web page, should not be used as a means to guide you as you are drinking to ascertain whether you are “ok” to drive. There are too many factors that need to be taken into consideration and in no way will this calculator give you an exact determination of your BAC. Under no circumstance should it be relied on for that purpose. Instead, the calculator is a means to get a general understanding of the relationship between your weight, type of alcohol, amount of alcohol and time of consumption on your BAC.
For more information on the criminal law in New York as it relates to DWI / DUI offenses, read the New York DWI criminal law blog and contact an NY criminal defense attorney.
Saland Law PC is New York based criminal defense firm representing clients in all criminal matters including DWI / DUI. Former Manhattan prosecutors, the attorneys at Saland Law PC represent clients throughout the New York City region.