When a Georgia resident is arrested for suspected drunk driving, they may have their blood alcohol concentration tested. Blood alcohol concentration, often shortened to the acronym “BAC,” refers to the amount of alcohol that a person has in their system. The more alcohol a person has in their system, the higher their BAC will be and the more intoxicated they may be.

A person’s BAC can be tested in a number of different ways. In fact, five different types of bodily samples — blood, urine, hair, saliva and breath — can all be used in varying degrees to establish if a person has alcohol in their system. Different BAC tests have different levels of accuracy. Individuals who wish to challenge the results of their BAC assessments can discuss their concerns with their DUI defense attorneys.

In Georgia anyone with a BAC of 0.08 percent or above is considered per se intoxicated and may be subjected to DUI penalties. Juveniles who are suspected to have driven while intoxicated are held to a much tighter standard, as any BAC result of 0.02 percent or above may result in charges against them. Georgia is an implied consent state, which means that when drivers choose to operate on the roads of the state they implicitly agree to have their BAC tested if they are suspected of drunk driving.

Drivers who are suspected of drunk driving may not know their rights or what to do when they are asked to submit samples for BAC testing. Once they have found out if they will be charged with DUI crimes they should seek professional guidance for help with their specific legal needs.