Alcohol severely disturbs the normal action-reaction reflex of a person by altering the levels of the different neurotransmitters inside his brain. Alcohol can affect the different parts of the brain, including the cerebral cortex, cerebellum, hypothalamus, pituitary, and medulla. This makes a person sluggish, with his speech slurring, and his inhibitions slipping. His sight, smell, and hearing somewhat alters, slowing down his reaction or response to stimuli, whether in the barroom or on the road.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense in most states, including North Carolina, and punishable by hefty fines or jail time. When a traffic enforcer suspects you driving under the influence, he would ask to administer a breathalyzer or blood test on you to obtain your blood alcohol content (BAC). Failing the threshold limit of 0.08% BAC will get you charged or detained, depending on the circumstances.
First time offenders get charged with big fines so they often hire an attorney to help them appeal to change their case from a DUI to the more lenient “wet reckless driving”. A person qualifies for an appeal when his tolerance test for intoxication is at borderline. It also helps if the defendant has no prior record or has not caused any damage. However, if he is again caught and charged with a DUI, his case would be taken as a second offense, warranting the corresponding punishment.