The definition of DUI is driving under the influence of a substance that impairs your driving.
DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. In California, there is not one law but several that cover DUI in different forms. Because of this, there are multiple definitions of what counts as DUI. The most basic are:
- You were driving a vehicle and you had a blood alcohol level level (BAC) of .08% or higher
- You were driving a vehicle while impaired by a substance
These definitions create two different ways you can be “guilty” of DUI—either because your BAC was too high or because you showed signs of being intoxicated/impaired. Either one is enough to convict you.
Drivers under the influence of drugs can also be convicted of DUI. The drug may be legal or illegal. The same definition applies—if you were above the .08% limit or were impaired, it’s a DUI.
The definition above is a general one. It doesn’t cover every circumstance. There are other ways to be convicted of DUI:
- Drivers under the age of 21 face stricter standards for what counts as DUI
- Drivers with a Commercial Driver’s License face stricter standards, even when not in their commercial vehicle
- Individuals who are currently on probation for a previous DUI also face higher standards
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