Strict DUI Laws Apply in Kansas City, Even if Your BAC is Under .08
By Adam Peer - Owner of The Law Office of Adam Peer, LLC
DUI or driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime in every state in America and is punished accordingly. Kansas and Missouri are no exception. In Missouri, the offense is referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI). Whatever it is called, it has been identified as a serious public safety issue as approximately 40% of traffic deaths in the United States are reportedly due to alcohol or drug impaired drivers.
What is BAC?
Under DUI or DWI law, a person is “impaired” when he or she is rendered incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle due to the consumption of alcohol or drugs. When the alleged intoxication is caused by alcohol, there is a set BAC (blood-alcohol concentration) limit which determines whether a person is considered to be “per se” intoxicated and therefore legally unable to safely drive. According to Kansas drunk driving laws, as well as drunk driving laws in Missouri, driving with 0.08% BAC & above is considered to be a crime. The per se limit can be lower for commercial vehicle drivers & minors.
What happens if my BAC is under .08%?
If you submit a breath blood or urine sample and your blood alcohol concentration is below .08%, this does not automatically clear you of a DUI charge. Recall that the statute allows the state to plead that a person has a BAC of .08 or greater OR that he or she is otherwise rendered incapable of safely operating a vehicle by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two. As a result, many people are charged with DUI even though their BAC comes in under .08%. In this situation, it is important to have a lawyer who knows how to advocate your position in requesting the dismissal of your case and, if necessary, to aggressively fight for you and defend you at trial.
A DUI charge is a serious and can take a toll on your driver’s license, your insurance rates and your job security. Thus, in such cases, it’s always better to have a seasoned DUI defense attorney to represent you.
Contact The Law Office of Adam Peer for more information or to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced DUI Defense attorney you can trust. Adam’s goal is to resolve your legal issues effectively, quickly and affordably. Adam will work with you directly, keep you informed, and work tirelessly to aggressively fight for and protect your interests.
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Adam Peer – Attorney at Law
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