One issue that sometimes leads to drunk driving arrests is that people simply do not know how long it’s going to take them to get sober. They know that they shouldn’t drive immediately after having a drink. But they wind up not waiting long enough, driving home while they still have an elevated BAC, and being arrested. The issue is that your BAC doesn’t drop very quickly at all. In an hour, it’s going to go down by about 0.015%. If you are out drinking with friends and you have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.09%, you’d be over the legal limit and unable to drive. But even if you sit around for a half an hour and drink a cup of water, you’re still probably not below that legal limit. Additionally, if you’re waiting until you get back down to 0.00% to drive, that’s going to take around six hours. People sometimes wait for 20 minutes or half an hour and assume that they should be good to drive, but it’s just not nearly enough time. Arrests the next morning A related issue is that you sometimes get drunk driving cases where people are arrested on their way to work the next morning. Maybe they took a cab home from the bar, grabbed six hours of sleep and jumped in the car to go back to the office. But depending on how high their blood alcohol concentration was before they went to sleep, even that may not have been enough to bring them down under the legal limit. What are your legal options? If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, you’re probably worried about losing your driver’s license, paying fines and much more. You may also be concerned that you’re going to lose your job, especially if you drive for a living or if you have no other way to get to work. All of these issues can be very serious, which is why it’s important to consider all of your legal options. Even if it’s a first offense, you need to know what steps you can take to protect your future.The post How fast does your BAC decline? first appeared on Fuller & Ahern, P.C..