Flaherty Defense Firm

1817 Lewis Turner Blvd. Suite E
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

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If you or someone you know is facing a DUI charge in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Niceville, or Destin, you will be facing serious DUI penalties. If convicted, you will have a criminal record.

It is important, therefore, to retain the services of a drunk driving defense attorney who has the skill and experience to ensure that your case is aggressively and effectively represented. I urge you to contact your Fort Walton Beach DUI defense lawyer right away to discuss the circumstances of your case in a free, initial consultation.


How is Alcohol Absorbed by the Body?

Alcohol is absorbed into the blood through the stomach and small intestine. Here, alcohol enters blood vessels lining the walls of both. The vast majority of alcohol absorption – roughly 80% – takes place in the small intestine. Once it is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is metabolized by enzymes in the liver.

These enzymes break alcohol down at the rate of about one ounce of alcohol every hour. This is equivalent to one drink. If a person drinks more than one ounce of alcohol an hour, the liver cannot break all of the alcohol down fast enough.

When this happens, the amount of alcohol in the blood increases, resulting in varying degrees of drunkenness depending on how much alcohol a person has consumed. This is why a person can drink a number of shots quickly but remain drunk hours later.


Alcohol Content in Various Drinks

While some foreign and micro-brewed domestic beers have more alcohol content than many popular brand name beers, in general, a 12-ounce beer is the equivalent of one drink.

One shot of whiskey, scotch, vodka, bourbon, and or other 80-proof hard alcohol is equivalent to one drink. A typical 5-ounce glass of red or white wine usually has about 1 ounce of alcohol in it as well.


Alcohol and Its Effect on the Body

Alcohol is a depressant, affecting the body’s central nervous system. In contrast to stimulants, depressants slow down the body’s normal functioning. As a result, as more alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, a person’s reaction time decreases, motor skills and coordination are impeded, and thinking and speech confused. In cases involving alcohol poisoning, breathing slows down and a person slips into a coma.

Your BAL will depend on your bodyweight, how much you drink, and the time period involved.


Consult with a Fort Walton Beach DUI Defense Lawyer Today.

Being arrested or charged with a DUI is a serious matter. If you are facing drunk driving charges, your interests will be best served by consulting with a Fort Walton Beach DUI defense attorney immediately. Due to problems associated with breathalyzers and how field sobriety tests are administered, a positive reading on a breath test does not necessarily mean you were drunk or the charges against you will hold up in court.  Give me a call today to find out how I can help you.

When you’re ready to put a professional Fort Walton Beach DUI Defense Attorney to work for you, call me at 850.243.6097. I am available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Attorney Tim Flaherty

Over the past 12 years, I have defended thousands of people against criminal charges...

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I never thought the day would come when I would have to actually hire a lawyer, so I was rather confused as what to do. When I came into Flaherty Law Firm, everybody was very friendly and very eager to answer any of my questions and concerns. Never once did they talk down to me or treat me like a criminal. I could call or email anytime and they were always quick to get back in touch with an answer. I would definitely recommend this firm to anyone.

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