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Administrative License Suspension: A law that allows the prompt suspension of the license of drivers charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) when a driver has a BAC above the prescribed limit, or sometimes if a driver refuses to take a roadside blood or breath test. Thus the license may be suspended before adjudication of the DWI charge.

BAC: Short for “blood alcohol concentration.” BAC refers to the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream and is measured in percentages. BAC can be measured either by breath, blood or urine testing and is often used by law enforcement to determine whether a motorist is “legally drunk.” Most states have adopted BAC laws that make it illegal to drive with a BAC at or above a set amount. Most states set 0.08% as the BAC limit state-wide.

Breathalyzer: A portable machine used by law enforcement to measure the BAC of suspected drunk drivers.

Community Service: Depending on the offense, your state may offer community service as a way to work off fines. Community service may also be a mandatory part of your sentencing.

Conditional License: A conditional license is a license granted “on condition” of something, such as completing a DUI course or alcohol treatment program. Once that “condition” has been met, a standard license is generally issued or reinstated.

Driver Responsibility Tax: Some states charge those convicted of a DUI with an extra tax on top of fines and court costs. This usually consists of a tax that is payable to the state for three years after the incident occurred (e.g.: $250 per year for three years). In most cases, failure to pay the yearly assessment on time results in license suspension.

DUI School: DUI schools are typically drug and alcohol education programs designed to help you realize how dangerous drinking and driving is and hopefully to ensure you are not a repeat offender. Your state will likely have a list of approved schools for you to choose from.

DUI: Driving Under the Influence.

DWI: Driving While Intoxicated.

High BAC: Threshold blood alcohol content for which maximum penalties and fines may apply, even on a first offense.

Ignition Interlock Device: An ignition interlock device is an in-car alcohol breath screening device that prevents a vehicle from starting if it detects a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over a pre-set limit of .02 (i.e., 20 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood). The device is located inside the vehicle, near the driver’s seat, and is connected to the engine's ignition system. Many states require that the device be used by those convicted of DUI.

License Revocation: A license revocation means your driving privileges have been cancelled. You will likely need to reapply for a driver's license after a designated length of time.

License Suspension: A license suspension means you may not drive for the period of your suspension. Driving privileges are typically administered by the Secretary of State and not the court system. If your license is suspended, the suspension will likely take effect immediately upon arrest, and not upon conviction.

Misdemeanor: A crime less serious than a felony. Misdemeanors are sometimes categorized by degrees. 1st degree misdemeanors are the most serious class (with the highest fines and penalties), 2nd degree misdemeanors are less serious, and so on. Texas classifies a first offense conviction of DWI as a class B misdemeanor (2nd degree).

Open Container Laws: In some states, it is illegal to have an open container of alcohol in your vehicle.

Probation: When all or part of the required jail time is suspended in exchange for good behavior, as determined by checking in with a probation officer. Jail time may be reinstated if it is found the terms of probation are being violated.

Provisional (or Restricted) License: A provisional license typically withholds certain license privileges. In a DUI context, a provisional license might be granted to someone to drive to and from work only.

Zero Tolerance BAC: Allowable blood alcohol content for minors (as defined by the state). This percentage can be as low as 0% (meaning no alcohol content may be detected-hence the term “zero tolerance.”) or as high as 0.02%.

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