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What are per se laws?

It is no secret that if you choose to drive in Kentucky after you have been drinking, you could run into trouble. You may believe that you know your limits and that you are still capable and in control of all your faculties, but if your blood alcohol concentration is found to be over the legal limit you could be charged. This in turn could result in the revocation of your driver's license, hefty fines or even time in prison.

The reason for this is that all states have laws in place known as per se laws. According to these rulings, anyone with a BAC that measures at 0.08 percent or higher is legally deemed to be intoxicated and can be charged with drunk driving if shown to have been operating a vehicle while affected.

However, as this article on drunk driving explains, for some people this requires particular alertness. It only takes a slight mistake for disaster to occur. It is seldom wise to estimate your own level of intoxication, particularly if you are supposed to be seeing people home. Furthermore, if you are planning to drive, it is better to avoid drink altogether.

The other worry when faced with DUI charges is whether you will be convicted and what that could mean for your future. Fortunately, an attorney may be able to offer you advice and guidance on the subject. With the right support, you can work toward challenging those responsible for your injuries and seeing them brought to justice.

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