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OUI (operating Under The Influence)

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Definition - What does OUI (operating Under The Influence) mean?

OUI or operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a common term used in several states. Other common terms include DUI (driving under the influence) and DWI (driving while intoxicated). In these states it is illegal to drive with a BAC or blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher which is considered per se DUI. It is also illegal to operate a motorized vehicle under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination of the two if the driver is physically or mentally impaired and unable to safely operate the vehicle.

Drivers arrested for OUI may have to serve a jail term, pay fines from $500-$5,000, have their driver's license suspended, participate in a mandatory alcohol and drug education program, or serve probation. All states have progressive drunken driving penalties, and penalties may become more severe if the driver has previously been arrested for driving drunk. Contact an OUI lawyer if you have been arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Related Links

  • DUI -- driving under the influence, as defined by www.duiattorneyhome.com
  • DWI -- driving while impaired, as defined by www.duiattorneyhome.com.
  • Blood Alcohol Level -- Blood alcohol level or BAL refers to the ratio of alcohol to blood in a driver's bloodstream.

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