In the state of Minnesota, the maximum permissible blood alcohol concentration of a driver is .08, or 8 g of alcohol per 100 mL of blood.
It is not necessary to administer a blood test to determine Blood Alcohol Concentration. A breath or urine test will suffice. However, breath tests and urine tests are less accurate than blood tests.
If a law enforcement officer decides to administer a blood alcohol test, a sample of blood is retrieved from a vein using a needle. The sample is tested in the lab for alcohol content. It often takes more than a month to receive the results.
You are permitted to keep your driver’s license until a reading above .08 is received from the lab.
There are many sources online that help people determine the Blood Alcohol Concentration level after they have had a few alcoholic beverages. However, these sources may not be entirely accurate, and there are different factors that can impact the way alcohol is absorbed in the body.
The most important factor is individual physiology. Alcohol can affect different people in different ways, even if all other variables are identical.
The kind of food that you have had, the amount of time that has passed since you consumed alcohol, and other factors will impact your Blood Alcohol Concentration level.
The bottom line: it is never a good idea to consume any alcohol prior to driving. We routinely speak with potential clients who have been charged with a DWI without feeling the least bit intoxicated, after just a few drinks.
Do you have questions about the measurement of Blood Alcohol Concentration? Our defense attorneys have represented clients from all over the State of Minnesota who have been charged with drunk driving, or other related offenses. Call (763) 323-6555 to speak with a lawyer for free.