What is an OUI?

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An OUI is just what they call a DUI in another state.

In talking with people from a state other than California, they’re confused when I say that I’m an attorney who represents people for DUI. When I explain to them that DUI in California means “driving under the influence,” they explain that, in their state, it’s called something else.

In California, a DUI means driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content or higher or driving while under the influence. While other states may have a similar, but slightly varied definition of DUI, they may call it something different.

OUI stands for “operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor.”

Other states use different abbreviations. OVI means “operating a vehicle while intoxicated.” OMVI means “operating a motor vehicle while impaired.” DUII means “driving under the influence of intoxicants.” DUII-CS means “driving under the influence of intoxicants: controlled substances.” OWI means “operating while intoxicated.” DWI means “driving while intoxicated.” DWAI means “driving while ability impaired.”

There you have it, all of the abbreviations for what we here in California call a DUI.

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