Definitions of Words Relating to Utah DUI Law

Currently Utah DUI law is found in Utah Code 41-6a-501 et seq.  Throughout the code relating to DUI there are certain words that have very specific definitions in how they relate to the DUI statute.  Below is a list of those important words and their definitions:

  • “Assessment” – if someone is convicted of a DUI, the code requires the judge to order the person to undergo a drug and alcohol assessment.  An “assessment” is an in-depth clinical interview with a licensed mental health therapist used to determine if the person is in need of a substance abuse treatment and/or an educational series;
  • “Drugs” – a “drug” is a controlled substance as defined by the Utah Code or any other substances that can impair the ability of a person to safely operate a motor vehicle;
  • “Educational series” – if a person is ordered to participate in an “educational series” that means a substance abuse program that is approved by the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health;
  • “Serious bodily injury” – this term means a bodily injury that causes or creates serious permanent disfigurement, protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ, or a substantial risk of death.  “Serious bodily injury” comes into play to determine whether a DUI charge should be enhanced to a higher degree;
  • “Substance abuse treatment” – this is treatment obtained at a substance abuse program that is approved by the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health;
  • “Vehicle” – a “vehicle” for purposes of Utah DUI law is a device in, on, or by which a person or property is or may be transported or drawn on a highway, except devices used exclusively on stationary rails or tracks. It also includes off-highway vehicles and motorboats.

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