Learn What is the Legal Alcohol Limit in Oklahoma

The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in Oklahoma is 0.08%. However, drivers under 21 years old have a legal limit of 0.00%. A minor can be charged with a DUI if they have any trace of alcohol in their blood.

man arrested for being over Oklahoma blood alcohol limit

You must immediately act if you are under arrest on suspicion of DUI. You have 15 days to request a hearing with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to prevent revocation of your license or obtain a permit to drive to and from work. You are more likely to achieve a successful outcome if you work with experienced attorneys who understand the system.

Our Norman DUI attorneys can answer your questions about blood alcohol content and what can be done to minimize the consequences of a DUI arrest. CONTACT US at (405) 294-1511 today.

How Many Drinks Before DUI?

It can be difficult to know whether you have a blood alcohol content equal to or higher than the legal limit. Generally speaking, the less you weigh, the less you can drink before becoming too drunk to legally drive.

Although weight is an important factor in determining how many drinks you can have before you approach .08% BAC, it is important to note that other factors may impact your ability to operate a vehicle when you have been drinking.

Other potential factors include:

  • Whether you are taking prescription medication
  • Your gender - ask how the BAC chart affects men
  • Your body fat percentage
  • Whether you ate

Additional Oklahoma DUI laws include:

  • It is possible to be arrested if your BAC is less than 0.08% if your driving is considered dangerous to others. In addition, individuals under the age of 21 can be arrested if their BAC is 0.02%. Oklahoma has a zero-tolerance policy and will treat you to the full extent of the law even if it is your first offense.
  • You can be arrested even if you aren't driving. Oklahoma law considers it a crime to be under the influence and in "actual physical control". This means that even if you aren't the driver, you have the ability to start the car and drive it. If you wish to be a driver or passenger, it is in your best interests to sober up inside a safe place.
  • If you refuse to take a breathalyzer, your driver's license could be suspended. Oklahoma driver's licenses are admitted to those who agree to implied consent. Basically, you agree to BAC testing upon receiving your license.
  • DUI arrests usually result in two individual cases. The first case involves criminal charges placed against you. The second is an administrative action designated by the Department of Public Safety. Having an attorney defend your rights during these cases is crucial, as the laws become complex in this area.

BAC Chart is Different for Men

Men and women often have different thresholds for when alcohol impairment begins. For example, a 120-pound woman’s BAC will likely be around .04% after one drink, whereas a 120-pound man’s BAC will likely be around .03% after one drink.

To speak with experienced DUI lawyers in Norman, call (405) 294-1511 now. We offer DUI defense consultations.


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