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A Las Vegas DUI Attorney

Las Vegas 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.

Blood Test: A form of chemical test in which a blood sample is taken and used to estimate your BAC.

Breath Test: A form of chemical test in which your BAC is estimated through a breath sample blown into a Breathalyzer or Intoxilyzer machine. Breath tests are often inaccurate and their results can be argued in court.

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

DUI: An acronym for driving under the influence, DUI refers to the criminal act of driving while impaired by alcohol or with a BAC over 0.08%.

DUID: Driving under the influence of drugs.

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: Nevada is one of the many states that have Implied Consent laws. This law states that, by possessing a driver’s license, you automatically consent to chemical testing and a police officer does not have to ask permission. While you may still refuse a breath or blood tests, this refusal can have penalties such as a suspended license.

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).


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