It may be common knowledge that it is against the law to drive under the influence (DUI) of alcohol; however, the line between “buzzed” and “drunk” may not always be clear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a campaign touting that “buzzed driving is drunk driving.” These public service announcements are aimed at increasing awareness, but they can also serve to further confuse the issue. While personal definitions of “buzzed” and “drunk” can vary substantially from person to person, the legal definition of driving under the influence (DUI) remains unchanged.
It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol (BAC) content at or above:
- .08% for drivers older than 21
- .04% for commercial drivers
- .02% for drivers under the age of 21
Unfortunately, while the law does define a legal limit for drunk driving, that doesn’t preclude the possibility that a police officer may arrest someone who is technically under the limit. How can this happen? If law enforcement determines that a driver is not safely operating a vehicle, such as if a motorist is speeding, they may be charged with reckless driving. If that driver is buzzed and has a BAC of around, but not quite at the legal limit, they may face a “wet reckless” charge.
Have You Been Charged with DUI in Tennessee?
Charges stemming from buzzed driving can be highly circumstantial and if you have been accused of DUI, it is critical to take legal action as soon as possible. A conviction for drunk driving can carry severe penalties such as time in jail, steep fines, and a driver’s license suspension. When you need a hard-hitting defense to protect your driving privileges and freedoms, the Law Offices of Stephen R. Leffler, P.C. can help. Our Memphis criminal defense attorneys can bring more than 60 years of experience to your case.
Call (901) 509-9112 or contact us online today to discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney.