Alcohol Elimination And Absorption

DUI Lawyer in Orange County

The process by which the human body absorbs, distributes, and eliminates alcohol is important to understand in a DUI case. How the body handles alcohol can greatly affect a reading given in a breath and blood test, which can ultimately lead to an arrest. If you have been charged with DUI, a DUI defense lawyer from our Orange County firm can put our knowledge of alcohol absorption to work for your defense.

How Alcohol Affects Your Body

Once alcohol is consumed, about 85% of it enters the esophagus, stomach and small intestines before eventually finding its way into the bloodstream. Elimination occurs as the alcohol is burned off through breath, urine, oxidation and perspiration.

Because alcohol is eliminated from the bloodstream at a fairly constant rate, how intoxicated a person becomes is largely dependent upon the rate of absorption. Rapid absorption means a faster spike in a person's blood alcohol level, which cause impairment of mental and motor functions. Alcohol is absorbed through the lining of your mouth, esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.

Absorption rates vary widely, according to the medical literature, and this is a point of contention among the experts. Typically, prosecution criminalists, ignoring the scientific articles, will testify that a person may absorb the alcohol in the first 15 minutes of consumption.

The rate at which your body absorbs alcohol depends on several factors:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Height and weight (muscle-fat ratio)
  • Pattern of drinking
  • Type of alcohol consumed
  • Times any food was eaten
  • Medications, if any
  • Pyloric valve functioning
  • Other unknown factors

Many naively follow the suggestion of the DMV to count the number of drinks you've had and the time you had them in order to estimate your own BAC. This is a quick path to arrest. DUI is the only crime we have that does not require any intent to do anything wrong. It is not illegal to drink and drive. You don't have a test handy when you're driving to tell you what your BAC is, so you have to guess. That's why you need an advocate who knows the science as well as the law, and who can talk candidly and clearly to convince the decision-makers in your case to do real justice for you.

Call Our OC DUI Lawyer for the Defense You Need

You need aggressive defense if you have been charged with a DUI. At the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, our Orange County DUI attorney can challenge any breath or blood test evidence against you and work to protect you from a conviction. Attorney Goodman has a perfect 10.0 "Superb" Avvo rating which means she delivers tough, aggressive defense in every case.

If you were arrested for DUI, call our OC defense firm right away to get started on your case!