The legal acronyms OUI/DWI/DUI are commonly viewed as synonymous to the term “drunk driving,” but according to OUI lawyer Attorney John B. Seed, the terminology has nuanced meanings in various states that imply certain types of impaired driving. In Massachusetts, drunk driving is charged as “OUI”. No other acronyms are used in MA. In recent years there has been an upswing in arrests of individuals who are caught driving while intoxicated by substances other than alcohol, such as toxic vapors and marijuana. These people are charged under the crime of OUI – Drugs.
It is important to understand the differences of each term and what it implies:
- DUI An acronym for Driving Under the Influence, this acronym implies that the individual was driving with a blood alcohol content of over .08% or greater. However, it can also describe the act of driving while under the influence of marjiuana.
- DWI Another common acronym, DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated or Driving While Impaired. This term is often ascribed to individuals who have been caught driving while impaired by substances such as marijuana, chemical compounds, or toxic vapors such as paint thinner.
- OUI An acronym used in the Northeast, OUI or Operating Under the Influence is ascribed to the act of using a vehicle with the engine running in any manner while intoxicated, whether the car is parked or not. Individuals in MA can be charged with either OUI Alcohol or OUI Drugs. In either case, the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person operated a motor vehicle, within the meaning of the law, and on a public way while they were impaired by either alcohol or drugs.
Understanding the implications of each term can help in the face of a charge of drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs. Avoid the devastating lifelong consequences of being convicted of an OUI/DWI/DUI by choosing Attorney John B. Seed to fight for your freedom.