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What is the Legal Alcohol Limit in North Carolina?

The legal limit for alcohol in the state of North Carolina is .08 or higher. Now that's kind of a weird way of saying it. The limit itself is actually .07. If you blow through one of the different breath testing devices or if you have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, you’re going to be charged with driving while impaired. It’s important to understand that you actually can be charged with driving while impaired with a number under .08. We see cases where there’s a .07 or .06. North Carolina is a .08 standard but they're also other ways to convict you with driving while impaired other than just the alcohol and other than just the readings.

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