driving under the influence

driving under the influence
driv·ing under the in·flu·ence: the offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by drugs or esp. alcohol – called also driving while intoxicated, drunk driving, drunken driving;
◇ Most states specify by statute a level of alcohol in the blood that creates a presumption that the person is under the influence of alcohol. The blood alcohol content is required to be .10 percent in most states.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

driving under the influence
Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; also called driving while intoxicated (DWI) or drunk driving.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

driving under the influence
The crime of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription drugs. State laws specify the level of blood alcohol content at which a person is presumed to be under the influence. Also called driving while intoxicated (DWI and drunk driving).
Category: Criminal Law
Category: DUI / DWI
Category: DUI / DWI & Traffic Tickets

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

driving under the influence

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

driving under the influence
   commonly called "drunk driving," it refers to operating a motor vehicle while one's blood alcohol content is above the legal limit set by statute, which supposedly is the level at which a person cannot drive safely. State statutes vary as to what that level is, but it ranges from .08 to .10 for adults, which means a 8/100ths to one-tenth of one percent by weight of alcohol to the weight of blood. This is translated into grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood in tests of blood or urine sample, or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of air in a "breathalizer" test. A combination of the use of alchol and narcotics can also be "under the influence" based on erratic driving. Driving on private property such as a parking lot is no defense, but sitting in a non-moving vehicle without the ignition on probably is (sometimes resulting in a charge of "drunk in and about a vehicle"). This is a misdemeanor and is variously referred to as DUI, driving while intoxicated (DWI), drunk driving, or a "deuce".

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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