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Having a BAC under 0.08 may not be enough to avoid trouble

Ask Missouri residents what BAC level can lead to a DWI charge or other issues such as driver’s license suspension, and the answer will probably be at least 0.08. That is for a good reason. After all, 0.08 is the “magic” number in many situations — but not all.

So, it is good to be aware of circumstances in which you could get in trouble for having a BAC that is lower than 0.08. In general, if you are at least 21 years old and do not have a commercial driver’s license, the 0.08 standard applies to you.

Can an officer demand that you take a breath test?

In Missouri, police officers take several approaches to determine whether someone may be violating the state's DWI laws. For example, there are field sobriety tests such as one-leg stands, but the reliability of these tests is questionable. Even figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that the tests are wrong 17 percent to 35 percent of the time.

With this error rate, many smart drivers pulled over decline to perform the tests. A police officer will likely then try to get you to take a breath test in the field. Can they force this test upon you?

How quickly can a woman can get drunk on light beer?

If you are a woman who enjoys alcohol, you may already know that, as a general rule, your male counterparts can get away with drinking more and still be more sober than you are. It is unfair and is a reality of body weight and possibly other factors such as stomach enzymes.

Since women are hearing more "it is cool to drink" messages than ever, it is a good idea to take a look at how quickly a woman can get drunk while enjoying a few cold ones with friends. 

Even a first-time DUI can ruin your future

Even for a first-time offender, a DUI arrest can have lasting effects for years to come. While it does not seem fair that a choice you made when you were 20 can affect you well into your 40s and 50s, the truth is that your choices now have a direct impact on where you end up in the future.

This fact highlights the importance of not only staying off the road when you are drunk, but also being aware of the local laws regarding blood alcohol limits and knowing where to turn when you do find yourself in a predicament.

How to be a good designated driver

If you plan to go out and watch the game at a bar, hit a club with your friends or attend a party on campus, it is always a good idea to think ahead and determine how you will get home. Once you are drinking, your decision-making skills decrease and you may make the wrong decision to get behind the wheel of a car. Not only can this lead to terrible accidents, but also to fines, license suspension and jail time for you.

Planning to drink at the Cardinals game? Consider the risks

With the start of the baseball season comes the chance to have fun and cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals. If you are planning on attending a Cardinals game soon and drinking alcohol while you are there, be sure to exercise caution. Drinking a little with your friends at the game is great, but if you are not careful, you could end up with a DWI charge with serious consequences.

Refusing a Breathalyzer in Missouri

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If you ever see those blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror after having a drink or two during a day or evening out, you probably understand just how harrowing an experience this can be. If the law enforcement official who pulls you over believes you may be drunk, you can assume that he or she is assessing the situation closely and looking for indications of impairment in your actions and speech. A natural next step is for authorities to ask you to submit to a breath test, and should you refuse, you may face the following consequences.

Do not hinder your defense after a DUI charge

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Whether it is your first time facing a DUI or your third, you are still entitled to a defense by a qualified attorney who knows how to protect your rights. The deeper your criminal record goes, the harder it can be for you to get a job or have a successful life in your future. As your attorney works to build a case to keep you out of jail or your record clean after you are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher, you can help by not sabotaging your own defense in the following ways.

Your broken tail light could end up being a DUI charge

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You have a great time at parties. You get together with friends, share some laughs and have a few beers. You know your limits and you have always been able to drive home safely, but what happens when the odds catch up with you? Admit it: In the back of your mind is the fear of being stopped on suspicion of drunk driving. However, you could be pulled over by a police officer for another reason altogether, and the way you react could make all the difference in what happens next.

5 ways to responsibly host a St. Patrick's Day party

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St. Patrick's Day is quickly approaching, and that means more parties. If you are hosting a party, then you should take some precautions to ensure your friends or loved ones do not get arrested for drunk driving. You do not have to be a boring host to effectively prevent arrests, convictions and accidents. Follow these tips to be a responsible host.

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