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Does BAC Affect the Severity of a DUI in California?

Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, driving while intoxicated is a mistake far too many people make. However, we don’t believe that one night’s mistake should haunt a person for the rest of his or her life. That being said, a high BAC (blood alcohol content) DUI absolutely has the power to do just that. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Red Bluff criminal lawyer to learn more about how BAC can affect the severity of a DUI in California. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What blood alcohol content (BAC) is required to receive a DUI?

If an officer suspects that someone is driving while under the influence of alcohol, they will often require the individual to submit to chemical testing. In most cases, this comes in the form of a breathalyzer test. Breath tests are typically considered the definitive measurement of whether someone is under the influence of alcohol. In California, you will receive a DUI if you are found to have a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher. That being said, if you are found to have a blood alcohol content of .15% or higher, you will most likely face high BAC DUI charges.

What happens if I receive a high BAC DUI in California?

As you can imagine, if you are arrested with a blood alcohol content of .15% or higher, you will face even harsher penalties than that of a standard DUI. These penalties can include high fines, jail time, the suspension of your driver’s license, and more. That being said, you should also note that the charges you will face may also depend on outside circumstances, such as whether you have any previous DUI offenses on your record. Additionally, if there were any aggravating conditions at the time of your arrest, such as having a minor passenger in the vehicle, or you caused an accident because of your driving while intoxicated, you will most likely face even more significant penalties. The bottom line is that a high BAC DUI can drastically affect an individual’s future for years to come, which is why if you are currently facing such charges, the most important thing you can do is retain the services of an experienced and aggressive Red Bluff criminal lawyer who can fight for your rights through every step of the process.


Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our mission is to defend your rights, and we are committed to that mission. We will be your number one advocate through every step of the process. Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.