You may know it as “driving while intoxicated” (DWI), “driving under the influence” (DUI) or “operating under the influence” (OUI). It’s also commonly known as “drunk driving,” and no matter what you call it, it’s a crime.
So if you’ve been charged with this common but serious offense, here are 10 things you need to know.
- It’s complicated. Being arrested for a DWI, DUI, or OUI means that you’ve been caught driving “under the influence” — but that could mean the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or even legal drugs like sleeping aids. It also doesn’t mean you were driving a car. Driving other vehicles, like ATVs, golf carts, and sometimes even bicycles, can also be grounds for arrest.
You could be pulled over for driving erratically, but if