Although DUI is the most widely used acronym for the crime of drunk driving in the U.S., there are more than a dozen abbreviated names for the offense.
While DUI typically stands for d riving u nder the i nfluence, some states have worded their laws as DWI(d riving w hile i ntoxicated, d riving w hile i mpaired). In other states the offense is defined as "operating," so OUI(o perating u nder the i nfluence) or OWI (o perating w hile i ntoxicated, o perating w hile i mpaired) are used. The term UBAL is short for u nlawful b lood a lcohol l evel, and is used in many states.
The following are the most common acronyms used for drunk driving in the U.S:
Many times, the same acronym will be used when referring to both DUI-alcohol and DUI-drugs. Regardless of the acronym or the substance causing impairment, a conviction for drunken or drugged driving means extreme legal trouble, and in many states a conviction can stay on your record for a lifetime.