The acronyms DUI and OVI all refer to the same thing: operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. “DUI” stands for driving under the influence and occurs when someone is operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance, to the extent that their mental faculties are impaired and/or their blood alcohol content is above the legal limit.
Even for a first offense, penalties can include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of driving privileges
- Substantial fines
- Court costs
- Community service
- Mandatory attendance at a court-approved alcohol program
- Mandatory overnight incarceration
- Restricted (yellow) license plates and the required installation (at the offender’s expense) of a car ignition locking device.
There can be additional penalties if you have prior DUI convictions.
Contact our firm Carrabine & Reardon Co., LPA, to learn how we can help you defend against these charges.