In California, as in most other states, you can get charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher. If your BAC is well above that limit, the penalties will probably be more serious than if your BAC is just slightly above 0.08, even if you do not cause an accident. If you are drunk enough to make a driving mistake egregious enough for the police to notice it, then you are drunk enough to get a DUI.
In some cases, drinking just one alcoholic beverage is enough to put your BAC over the legal limit. It depends on how strong the drink was, your body weight, whether you consumed it with food or on an empty stomach, and how much time passed between the time you finished drinking and the time you started driving. If you drink vodka and cranberry juice that resembles the color of a California sunrise more than the color of a ruby, you are plenty drunk to get a DUI. If you are facing criminal charges for drunk driving, contact a Los Angeles DUI defense lawyer.
PK Kemsley Gets Arrested for Driving With BAC Just Above the Legal Limit
Paul “PK” Kemsley is a household name in Britain because of his association with the Tottenham Hotspurs football club and with the British version of the reality show The Apprentice, but American audiences know him best because of another reality show; his wife Dorit Kemsley is a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
One evening in November 2021, Kemsley ate dinner at a restaurant with a business colleague, where he drank a glass of wine with dinner. After he left the restaurant, he was driving home on the 101, and a police officer pulled him over; the Page Six celebrity news website did not specify why the officer decided to conduct the traffic stop.
Kemsley took a breathalyzer test, which recorded his BAC as 0.081, just slightly above the legal limit. The officer arrested him for DUI and took him to the police station. Authorities administered another breathalyzer test once Kemsley arrived at the station; this time, his BAC was 0.073, which is below the legal limit. A member of the California Highway Patrol then drove him home.
Kemsley, 54, had never been arrested for DUI or for any other offense prior to this incident. He is a prime candidate for pretrial diversion, where he can get his charges dropped if he complies with the requirements. He may not even get criminal charges at all.
Contact the Manshoory Law Group About DUI Defense
A Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer can help you if you are being accused of DUI after a traffic stop where a breathalyzer test showed your BAC as above 0.08, or where you refused a breathalyzer test. Your initial consultation is always free, so contact us at Manshoory Law Group in Los Angeles, California, or call (877)977-7750 to discuss your case.