What is the Difference Between a DUI and an OUI?

What is the difference between a DUI and an OUI? Or a DUI and DWI? Or a DUI and an OWI?

DUI here in California, and a number of other states, means “driving under the influence.” While the meaning of DUI remains the same amongst states that use that acronym, the law which prohibits driving the influence may not be.

In California, a person can be charged with a DUI if they have a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, or if the person is “under the influence.” And being under the influence in California means being affected by alcohol or a drug (either prescription or non-prescription) such that the person’s ability to drive a vehicle is not as it would have been if the person was sober.

Now I don’t know what the exact law is in other states being a DUI attorney in California exclusively. What I can tell you is what the acronyms mean in other states.

The OUI in the title means “operating under the influence of an 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.”

Call it what you want, they all generally mean the same thing and none of them are good.


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One Response to What is the Difference Between a DUI and an OUI?

  1. Mary Beth Marvil Weber says:

    I was in a nonnarcotic prescribed by my pain management doctor, lyrica which they use for nerve damage, seizure, fibromyalgia. I have high allergies to all medicines which it should have been ok. But one of the rare but side effect is amnesia slurred speech, confusion dizziness brain fog, I had picked my grandson up from school and headed to my sisters as I did every tued for his tutoring but never made it to my sisters. I blacked out have no memory’ of the rest of day and night. 4 1/2 hrs later I was found near where I grew up in Bethesda md. The police stopped said they were arresting me for dui. I have no recollection of any of the event. I found myself with 8 charges. Not handing my license and registration on demand, hitting a parked car not giving my insurance info which evidence shows someone has my insurance info, I don’t drink or do drugs. They charged me with driving under influence of dangerous drugs which lyrica was given to me for nerve damage pain in my back I have all the medical to prove my condition. I did not know I’d been taken to police station took all dui tests blood hasn’t come back yet, they took me to hospital to take my blood I don’t remember a thing. All these charges, which are in no way valid. I saw my primary doc and showed her my arm which had been very badly messed up from police or somehow being attacked again I have no recollection of any of this and they put drugs unknown, because there were no drugs as far as me and doctor knew. I had every single adverse reaction a person could have. My primary sent me to neurologist for brain scan it came normal doctor feels it was lyrica because when I googled all the bad reactions I had I fit every category. I live by honor honesty and integrity, and I have to have all this dropped I accept needing to pay for any superficial damage to other car that I do not remember at all but because I did not go out Intentionally to do harm anywhere and my medicine furthermore does not say don’t drive. The neurologist said who’d have known I’d have such a bad reaction.well if I’d know all this information on side effects before I never would have concidered the medication. How can I clear my name and record?

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