What is the legal alcohol limit in your state? The answer is important, because if you’re pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving and your breathalyzer test shows you to be over the legal limit, you will be arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated, both serious offenses. The higher your blood alcohol level, the more serious the charges will be against you and the greater legal penalties you may face.
In the past, the legal alcohol limit varied from state to state. Today, however, it is uniform, as every state in the United States has adopted a legal limit of 0.08 percent. This means that no more than 0.08 percent of the content of your blood can have alcohol in it. The higher percentage of alcohol you have in your blood, the more intoxicated you are and the more severe your offense is. If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol level, you will most likely be taken to jail and forced to submit to a blood or urine test to determine your degree of intoxication. Once the results are back and show you to be over the limit, then you will be formally arrested. Up until that point, you are just being detained.
Of course, the legal alcohol limit of 0.08 percent applies only to private drivers of cars. People who drive public transportation vehicles on the ground, such as buses and taxis, can only have a blood alcohol level of 0.01 percent, while pilots are allowed a level of 0.04 percent within 8 hours of consuming alcohol.