Legal definition of driving under the influence (DUI)
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driving under the influence (DUI)

is a crime of operating a vehicle when concentration of alcohol in your blood exceeds legally allowed level (.8 or above); or under the influence of drugs.
Alcohol level of .8 means a 8/100ths to one-tenth of one percent by weight of alcohol to the weight of blood.
If you are stopped by a police officer who believes you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be required to take a "field sobriety test" which may include a breath-screening test for the presence of alcohol. If you are arrested, you will be asked to take a "chemical test" for BAC. You may also be fingerprinted.
Punishment for DUI varies from state to state, but virtually every state can put the drunk driver in jail, impose a serious fine, suspend or revoke his license for up to a year. It is also possible that your license may be taken if you fail or refuse to take a breath or chemical test. In some states this is called an administrative license suspension that usually falls under the state's implied consent law.
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