5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About OUI Offenses
For those of you that don’t know, OUI means operating under the influence of various substances and intoxicants. The last part refers mainly to heavy drinking and illegal drugs.
Also, even though OUI sounds pretty similar to DUI and DWI, the laws in some states make them a bit different in terms of offenses. This is why you should always catch up with the latest driving laws when you’re in a new state.
However, returning to the theme of OUI offenses, most of you probably think that they apply only to people who are caught driving their car while drunk or drugged. Well, an OUI attorney hearing that will probably burst in laughter – and here’s exactly why!
Public Roads and Vehicles
When you are driving your car or your van while intoxicated will definitely result in an OUI, however, you probably didn’t know that charges of OUI can be applied to drunk and drugged people driving snowmobiles and pretty much anything with an engine!
Moreover, being drunk or drugged on a public road – not necessarily operating a vehicle – may also result in an OUI charge!
As the naming clearly states, OUI refers to operating under the influence – operating refers to more things besides driving a vehicle.
For example, if you’re caught operating a firearm, for training or hunting, while drunk/drugged, then you will be charged with an OUI. Also, if you get an OUI while hunting, the charge may affect OUI charges overall, depending on the state, and be paired with other types of convictions.
An OUI charge is not communicated only to your friends and family. The authorities will also inform your insurance company of what you did. What does this mean exactly?
It means that the next time you’re allowed to drive your vehicle, your insurance premium will be higher than before. This is how insurance companies protect themselves against reckless or convicted drivers.
OUI and Legal Interpretation
It is worth mentioning that OUIs and the laws that govern such offenses are open to legal interpretation. This means that the judge ruling over your case is allowed to make a decision that is not necessarily imposed by the law.
For example, drivers under twenty-one years old who are caught with any amount of alcohol in their blood are likely to lose their license for up to a year, depending on state and judge.
If the judge thinks you should be punished more severely, they will definitely not rule in your favor!
What About Skateboards?
You will get an OUI in some states if you’re operating a skateboard and cause an accident or any damage to any property.
However, other states will not take this into account unless the skateboard is motorized.
The Bottom Line
In the end, one thing is obvious! Namely, do your best to get accustomed to the driving laws of the state you’re visiting or about to move in.
A ride on your ATV after a beer may not be very dangerous, especially if you’re off-road, but it might get you an OUI! If this happens, you need a competent OUI attorney by your side.
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