Three Reasons An Officer Can Arrest You For A DWI Without A BAC Level Over The Limit

While you usually aren't arrested for a DWI unless your BAC level, which is the blood alcohol level in your body is over the legal limit, you can still be arrested for a DWI in special circumstances. This is because the BAC level isn't the only prerequisite needed for an officer to make an arrest for a DWI. Here are three special circumstances in which the officer may still feel the need to make an arrest:

  1. Abnormal Use of Mental or Physical Capabilities: An officer can usually tell if you are having an abnormal use of your mental or physical capabilities, although in some cases it can be misjudged. An officer usually determines if you are impaired this way by having you go through some different mental or physical tasks, such as simply walking in a straight line. In some cases, the nerves from being pulled over can affect your ability to perform well in these tests. This is why if you are have been arrested for a DWI on this alone, you need to hire a DWI lawyer to defend your case, especially if you were not drinking or your BAC was under the legal limit. 
  2. Officier Believes You Were Driving Before Your BAC Was Lowered: This is usually the case when an officer pulls over a person operating a commercial vehicle. If the BAC level is just under the legal limit, the officer may assume that you have already been driving for quite some time. Thus, you were likely operating a vehicle at the time your BAC level was over the limit. In this situation, you also need a DWI lawyer to defend you since it's unfair to make a judgment based on this, especially if it's your first-time offense. A lawyer will likely be able to write off the charge or at least reduce the charges, which is the case if it's your second-time offense. 
  3. You Are a Minor: If you are a minor operating a vehicle and your BAC level is anywhere above zero percent, you will probably be arrested for a DWI. If this is your first-time offense, you need a DWI lawyer. Even if it's your second offense, you need a DWI lawyer to reduce the charges. Hopefully, your DWI lawyer is able to write off the charge completely because it can affect your ability to retain your license and it can even be suspended until you come of age. 

If whatever situation you are arrested for a DWI, you will want a lawyer, but this is especially the case if you were arrested for a DWI without being over the BAC limit. Contact a company like Carl L. Britt, Jr. for more information and assistance. 

About Me

The Internet Makes Learning about Law Easier than Ever

Unlike many children growing up today, I am old enough to remember what life was like before the internet became popular! Many years ago, I ended up in a messy legal situation that stemmed from a simple misunderstanding. It turned out that I actually did not break the law, and finding that out in court was a great relief! While I had a great lawyer who helped me during that time, reading some legal information for myself about the laws surrounding my incident could have greatly eased my worries during the stressful time. I have since dedicated myself to learning more about the law, so I never have to deal with a legal mess again. I thought I would make a blog to share some legal knowledge I have acquired along with some general legal tips. I hope I can help many people!



Latest Posts

25 March 2024
Divorce represents a significant turning point in an individual's life, often accompanied by emotional, financial, and legal challenges. Seeking the e

5 February 2024
Navigating the aftermath of a car accident can be a tumultuous experience, and understanding the critical role of a car accident attorney is essential

4 January 2024
Dog bites are a common occurrence, and they can be terrifying and life-altering. The physical and emotional trauma of a dog attack can leave a lasting