The Dangers of Alcohol Consumption and Its Legal Implications

29/09/2023
Marc Navarro Cifani

Understanding the Risks and Legal Consequences of Alcohol on the Road




Alcohol Consumption and its Impact on Traffic Accidents

Many celebrations often go hand in hand with alcohol consumption. However, as lawyers specialized in traffic matters, we must remember that excessive alcohol consumption while driving is a common cause of traffic accidents and can have serious legal consequences.

In our law firm, we have handled numerous cases in which drivers exceeded the legal limits allowed in alcohol tests during traffic stops. This behavior not only endangers other road users but can also have serious repercussions for the driver.

More than 40% of fatal accidents on our roads are related to alcohol consumption by the driver, and many of these accidents could have been avoided. It is essential to understand that excessive alcohol consumption not only affects road safety but also has serious implications for long-term health and quality of life. Diseases such as cancer and cirrhosis, as well as addiction, are risks associated with constant alcohol consumption.

What to do if you are stopped in an alcohol test after drinking alcohol?

It is important to follow the instructions of the police officers, as refusing to take the test can result in administrative or criminal sanctions. Generally, the test is conducted using a breathalyzer with a mouthpiece to measure the amount of alcohol ingested.

If the result is below the legal limit, you can continue your journey. However, if the result is positive, a second test will be conducted after ten minutes to confirm the exact level of alcohol in your system, which will determine the corresponding penalty.

If you exceed the allowed limit in the second test, you have the right to a third test using a blood sample at a nearby health center. It is important to follow the instructions of the officers at all times to avoid worsening the situation.

If you find yourself in this situation, seeking the advice of a criminal defense lawyer specialized in alcohol-related cases can make a difference. An experienced lawyer can guide you through the entire process, including the possibility of negotiating a reduced sentence in case of a trial.

What are the legal consequences of testing positive in an alcohol test?

If the blood alcohol concentration exceeds the legal limit, the vehicle may be immobilized if there is no one else who can take over the driving. Penalties vary depending on the detected level of alcohol in the blood:

  • If you exceed 0.25 mg/l in exhaled air, you will face a fine of 500 euros and the loss of 4 points on your driver's license.
  • If you exceed 0.50 mg/l, the fine increases to 1,000 euros, and you lose 6 points on your driver's license.

When is it considered a criminal offense to exceed the alcohol limit?

Exceeding 0.60 mg/l in exhaled air is considered a criminal offense against road safety. This can result in imprisonment, fines, the suspension of your driver's license, and liability for damages in the event of a traffic accident.

In conclusion, enjoy the celebrations responsibly and avoid endangering your life and the lives of others on the road.

If you are facing a problem related to alcohol consumption and driving, do not hesitate to consult with our lawyers who specialize in criminal law to protect your rights and seek the best possible solution.

Proper legal guidance can make a difference in the outcome of your case.