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DUI Glossary

Absorption Rate
The rate at which alcohol enters your bloodstream and creates intoxication. Your absorption rate depends greatly on factors like weight and metabolism, and everyone’s absorption rate is different.

BAC
Blood Alcohol Content, or how much alcohol is in a person’s bloodstream. Driving with a BAC over 0.08% (or 0.04% for commercial drivers) is considered “driving under the influence” and is against the law in Ohio.

Burnoff
The rate at which your body metabolizes alcohol in your bloodstream and returns you to a state of sobriety.

Chemical Test
A test that police use to determine your BAC. Unlike a field test, chemical tests use chemical reactions on blood, urine, or your breath to test for alcohol. Blood tests are the most reliable of the three methods, but a good DUI lawyer can prove that all three are subject to error.

DIP
Short for Driver Intervention Program, this is a three- or six-day DUI School course where offenders can learn about the dangerous consequences of driving under the influence, and how to make safe choices in the future.

DUI
Short for driving under the influence, DUI is the act of driving while impaired by alcohol or with a BAC over 0.08%, and is illegal in Ohio and throughout the United States.

FST
Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) are a set of physical tests administered by a police officer to establish probable cause for a chemical test during a traffic stop for a suspected DUI. FSTs include the one-leg-stand test, the walk-and-turn test, and Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus.

Implied Consent
Ohio is one of the many states that have Implied Consent laws, which state that simply by possessing a driver’s license, you automatically consent to chemical testing and a police officer does not have to ask permission. Due to these laws, refusing a breath or blood test can have penalties such as a suspended license.

OVI
Short for Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated, OVI is a common alternate term for DUI in Toledo and the State of Ohio.

Per Se
In terms of DUI law, “per se” simply refers to the offense of driving with a 0.08% BAC or above. One can be arrested for DUI per se even if he or she is showing no physical or outward signs of intoxication whatsoever.

Reckless Driving
Driving in an especially dangerous manner (swerving, failing to stop at traffic lights, excessively high speeds, etc).