Symptoms of Alcohol Intoxication in DUI DWI Drunk Driving Prosecutions 

Estimating Blood Alcohol Levels

BACLevel

Generalized Dose Specific Effects in DUI DWI Drunk Driving Prosecutions

0.020-0.039%

No loss of coordination, slight euphoria and loss of shyness. Relaxation, but depressant effects are not apparent.

0.040-0.059%

Feeling of well being, relaxation, lower inhibitions, and sensation of warmth. Euphoria. Some minor impairment of judgment and memory, lowering of caution.

0.06-0.099%

Slight impairment of balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing. Euphoria. Reduced judgment and self-control. Impaired reasoning and memory.

0.100-0.129%

Significant impairment of motor coordination and loss of good judgment. Speech may be slurred; balance, peripheral vision, reaction time, and hearing will be impaired.

0.130-0.159%

Gross motor impairment and lack of physical control. Blurred vision and major loss of balance. Euphoria is reducing and beginning dysphoria (a state of feeling unwell)

0.160-0.199%

Dysphoria predominates, nausea may appear. The drinker has the appearance of a sloppy drunk.

0.200-0.249%

Needs assistance in walking; total mental confusion. Dysphoria with nausea and vomiting; possible blackout.

0.250-0.399%

Alcohol poisoning. Loss of consciousness.

0.40% +

Onset of coma, possible death due to respiratory arrest.


The foregoing is meant to be a general guide as to the symptoms of alcohol intoxication. The symptoms and level of resistance to intoxication will vary from person to person. In New Jersey please remember that it is the blood alcohol level as determined by either an alcotest machine or blood test is what determines intoxication (DUI DWI Drunk Driving) in the vast majority of cases. 

Also remember that a person who operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or above is considered to be driving under the influence in New Jersey. A person may also be found to be driving under the influence (DUI DWI Drunk Driving) through officer observation or other evidence.

Keep in mind that there is a difference in New Jersey between DUI DWI Drunk Driving at a level of .08 to less than .10, as opposed to a DUI DWI Drunk Driving with a reading of .10 and over. For a complete analysis of the penalties that apply CLICK THIS LINK.


Former Municipal Court Judge* Robert Avery, Esq., has over 35 years of experience in the analysis and defense of DUI-DWI and Drunk Driving Matters, as well as all other Traffic Related tickets and Summonses. 


Mr. Avery regularly defends DUI-DWI and Drunk Driving Matters, as well as all other Traffic Related tickets and Summonses in all Municipal Courts in the Northern New Jersey region, including those in Bergen County, Hudson County, Passaic County and Morris County, as well as those in the Central Municipal Court in Hackensack, and the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Court.


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