Driving While Impaired (DWI) & Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Glossary

Common terms and phrases used in DWI charges, driving while impaired or DUI charges, driving under the influence.

Alcohol concentration

  • The number of grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood;
  • The number of grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath; or
  • The number of grams of alcohol per 67 milliliters of urine.

Aggravating factor

Includes:

  • A qualified prior impaired driving incident within the ten years immediately preceding the current offense;
  • Having an alcohol concentration of 0.16 or more as measured at the time, or within two hours of the time, of the offense; or
  • Having a child under the age of 16 in the motor vehicle at the time of the offense if the child is more than 36 months younger than the offender.

Commissioner: the commissioner of public safety or a designee.

Control analysis: a procedure involving a solution that yields a predictable alcohol concentration reading.

Motorboat: a watercraft propelled in any manner by machinery, including watercraft temporarily equipped with detachable motors.

Motorboat in operation: does not include a motorboat that is anchored, beached, or securely fastened to a dock or other permanent mooring or a motorboat that is being rowed or propelled by other than mechanical means.

Motor vehicle: every vehicle that is self-propelled and every vehicle that is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley wires. The term includes motorboats in operation and off-road recreational vehicles, but does not include a vehicle moved solely by human power.

Off-road recreational vehicle: an off-highway motorcycle, snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle.

Owner: a person who holds the legal title of a vehicle, or in the event a vehicle is the subject of an agreement for the conditional sale or lease thereof with the right of purchase upon performance of the conditions stated in the agreement and with an immediate right of possession vested in the conditional vendee or lessee, or in the event a mortgagor of a vehicle is entitled to possession, then such conditional vendee or lessee or mortgagor shall be deemed the owner for the purpose of this chapter.

Prior impaired driving conviction

Includes a prior conviction under:

  • Driving while impaired; alcohol-related school bus or Head Start bus driving; or impaired aircraft operation;
  • Criminal vehicular homicide and injury, substance-related offenses,
  • (Minnesota Statutes from 1998) driver under influence of alcohol or controlled substance, alcohol-related driving by commercial vehicle drivers; or aggravated DWI-related violations; penalty;
  • (Minnesota Statutes from 1996), operating snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle while impaired; or operating motorboat while impaired; or
  • An ordinance from this state, or a statute or ordinance from another state, in conformity with any provision listed above.

A “prior impaired driving conviction” also includes a prior juvenile adjudication that would have been a prior impaired driving conviction if committed by an adult.

Prior impaired driving-related loss of license

Includes a driver’s license suspension, revocation, cancellation, denial, or disqualification under:

  • Alcohol-related school bus or Head Start bus driving; implied consent law; impaired driving convictions and adjudications; administrative penalties; persons not eligible for drivers’ licenses; cancellation; court may recommend suspension; commercial driver’s license, disqualification; revocation; or suspension; because of an alcohol-related incident;
  • Criminal vehicular homicide and injury, substance-related offenses;
  • (Minnesota Statutes from 1998) driver under influence of alcohol or controlled substance, alcohol-related driving by commercial vehicle drivers; or aggravated DWI-related violations; penalty;
  • An ordinance from this state, or a statute or ordinance from another state, in conformity with any provision listed above.
  • “Prior impaired driving-related loss of license” also includes the revocation of snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle – operating privileges chemical testing, or motorboat operating privileges – testing for alcohol and controlled substances, for violations that occurred on or after August 1, 1994; the revocation of snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle operating privileges – operation of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles by persons under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances; or the revocation of motorboat operating privileges under section – operation while using alcohol or drugs or with a physical or mental disability.

Prior impaired driving-related loss of license does not include any license action stemming solely from a violation of underage drinking and driving.

Qualified prior impaired driving incident: includes prior impaired driving convictions and prior impaired driving-related losses of license.

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