Alcohol Absorption & Elimination
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:
- 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!