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Driving Under the Influence—What Does It Mean

People commonly call Driving Under the Influence (DUI) “drunk driving,” but you don’t actually have to be drunk, or having had to drink at all to be arrested for DUI.

DUI actually refers to operating a motor vehicle while unable to do so in a safe manner because you’ve been affected to an appreciable degree by having drunk an alcoholic beverage, taken a drug, or combined alcohol and drugs.

And, on the subject of taking a drug, this applies to both illegal ones, as well as prescription medications.

How Serious Is A DUI?

Some DUIs—for example, first offense—are often treated as misdemeanors. But, under certain circumstances, you could face felony charges, especially if this is a repeat conviction or if someone else was either killed or injured as a result of your actions.

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