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Know the laws regarding alcohol and vehicles this holiday weekend

This coming weekend is one that will see a host of parties. Some of these parties might involve alcoholic beverages, so anyone who is driving to the party should understand the applicable laws about alcoholic beverages and motor vehicles.

Of course, you know that it is against the law to drink and drive. But, did you know that it is against the law for the occupants of your vehicle to drink if you are driving?

Kentucky has an open container law that prohibits any open alcoholic beverage containers from being in the passenger compartment of a vehicle. This does mean that you can face legal troubles over this issue.

Another thing that you should know is that you can face criminal charges if you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) percentage of .08 percent; however, there are some instances in which a person with a lower BAC might face criminal charges.

In order to determine what a person's BAC is, the testing must be done within two hours of the traffic stop. This is because of the way that alcohol metabolizes in the body.

If you are facing your first DUI this weekend, you are facing two to 30 days in jail, fines, alcohol education, a driver's license suspension and community service. You will likely be taken to jail when it is determined that you are drunk so that you can sleep off the effects of the alcohol. You might have to post a bond to get out of jail. You need to start working on your defense right away since there are time limits associated with various things that will happen when you are arrested.

Source: FindLaw, "Can Passengers Drink Alcohol In a Car?," accessed June 30, 2017

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