Missouri’s Legal BAC Limit: How Much is Too Much?

Everyone knows that drinking and driving is illegal and that having too much alcohol will cause you to be arrested for DWI. But how much is too much? What’s The Legal BAC Limit In Missouri? This is a more complicated answer than it seems it would be. There are different legal limits for different people.

The usual legal BAC (blood alcohol concentration) limit for most drivers is .08%. This applies to drivers over the age of 21 who are not driving a commercial vehicle.

If you are licensed to drive a commercial vehicle, the legal BAC limit is .04%. Commercial vehicles include semis, tractor-trailers, and school buses.

If you are under the age of 21, the legal BAC limit is .02%. People in this group are actually breaking two laws, since the legal drinking age is 21.

If your BAC is over .15, there is now a law that you must complete a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program before your driving privileges are restored, regardless of whether it is your first offense.

How many drinks this equates to varies based on what the drinks are, your sex, size, medications you may be taking, and whether you have eaten, among other factors. The best policy is to ensure that if you have consumed any alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel. Always have a designated driver or other plan for getting home from the bar, restaurant, or event.

If you’ve been arrested because your BAC was higher than the legal limit, contact us. We have the experience and knowledge to guide you through the next steps and will be with you throughout the process.