Blood Alcohol Content in Pennsylvania

DUI – Drunk Driving Defense – Statewide Coverage

IMPORTANT! If you refused to take a breath, blood or urine test after being arrested for DUI in Pennsylvania, your license will be suspended for a period of not less than 1 year and 3 days mandatory incarceration. A person should take immediate action if chemical test was refused. Call us immediately if you or someone you know has refused to take these tests!

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THESE CHARTS ARE INTENDED FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO
ARE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. IT IS A GUIDE, NOT A GUARANTEE.

Female BAC Chart

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Source: University of Wisconsin Center for Health Sciences, 1988, and
U.S. Dept. of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1992.

Male BAC Chart

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Source: University of Wisconsin Center for Health Sciences, 1988, and U.S. Dept. of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1992.

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Alcohol Impairment Chart Disclaimer

THESE CHARTS ARE INTENDED FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. IT IS A GUIDE, NOT A GUARANTEE.

Alcohol can affect each person in a different way. The way your body reacts to alcohol depends on your gender, how much you weigh, how quickly you drink and whether or not you have eaten. You also need to remember that drinks may contain different amounts of alcohol.

For purposes of this chart, “one drink” is equal to:

1.5 oz. of 80 proof liquor
12 oz. of regular beer or
5 oz. of table wine

Females reach a higher BAC level faster than males. A woman should use the female version on the chart that is highlighted in pink.

Pennsylvania has set .08% BAC as the legal limit for a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction. Commercial drivers can be convicted of a DUI nationwide with a BAC level of .04%. You may be convicted of DUI at .05% and above if there is supporting evidence of driving impairment.

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