DUI terms and definitions for dummiesRecently on our legal forum a user asked, I was recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Court officials and lawyers were tossing out a handful of acronyms. I hate to admit it, but I had no idea what they were talking about. Can you provide information on the most common DUI terms?
Most common DUI terms definedGiven the thousands of laws and regulations and the complexity of the legal system, its common for U.S. citizens to break laws and criminal statutes without intent or what some legal experts term a culpable mental state. While some state lawmaker have pushed to protect citizens from being prosecuted for unknowingly violating state laws and regulations, others argue it makes more sense to eliminate the states problematic laws. Regardless of what states ultimately decide, generally speaking, ignorance of the law is no excuse for not following the law. With that in mind, its a good idea to review the laws and regulations for DUI in your state and familiarize yourself with common DUI terms and acronyms. Lets take a look at a few you should know and understand.
- DUI driving under the influence
- Administrative License Suspension (ALS)
- BAC- blood alcohol concentration
- Ignition Interlock Device