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Paris Hilton and Blood Alcohol Content: When R U Drunk?

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 in Celebrity Justice, DUI/DWI, Traffic

Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie - even Lindsay Lohan's dad. They've all faced the nightmare of flashing red lights illuminating their car's interior, a fun night gone wrong. Lindsay Lohan's dad just got released from prison after serving 2 years for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Paris Hilton is facing jail time, too -- last week, she was pulled over for driving her Bentley at night without the headlights on and while her driver's license was suspended. Now, Paris may have to spend 90 days in a minimum security facility. So what is BAC exactly? Legal intoxication in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, means having a blood alcohol concentration ("BAC") of 0.08% or greater. Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Driving While Impaired (DWI) - states use different terms for the same thing: it’s drunk driving - and that's defined by BAC. BACs are sneaky. You may not feel drunk, and your BAC will hold that you are. That old folk tale is true: some people do “hold their liquor” better: things like body weight, gender, and body fat percentage impact how a body tolerates alcohol. So do genetics and habitual alcohol consumption. Paris Hilton is female, thin, with an obviously low body fat percentage - she probably doesn't need more than one or two drinks to get a high BAC. When should you contact a lawyer about a DUI arrest? Whenever you are arrested for driving under the influence, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Should you take the tests, if you're pulled over -- the field sobriety test (walk a straight line), or the breath tests? Most attorneys advise that you decline. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at info@bloomlegal.com. And, party smart out there.�

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