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Under the Influence: DUI, DWI, and OVI are all the same

Written by on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 3:50pm

There is a lot of misconception about DWI, DUI, and OVIs.  What is the difference between these acronyms? Here is a look into what each one stands for:

  • DUI – Driving Under the Influence
  • DWI – Driving While Intoxicated
  • OVI – Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated

Each name may appear different, but in the end they can all result in a lot of fines and jail time.  Your first offense can carry up to six months in jail.  When you receive multiple offenses, you could lose your license for years, possibly even the rest of your life.  This chart, thanks to The People’s Bar, can help you measure what your future could look like:

 DUI OVI DWI Cleveland

Alcohol offenses are some of the hardest to get reduced.  Even celebrities have paid major fines for their criminal charges.  NBA point guard Jason Kidd was just arrested for suspicion of drunken driving in the Hamptons on July 15.  After being treated for minor injuries at a South Hampton hospital, the newly signed New York Knicks’ guard was arraigned on a minor misdemeanor DWI charge.

Kidd likely will not be affected by his drunken driving decision, seeing as he just signed a contract for three years worth $9.5 million.  However, as an average citizen, you could face some of the following:

  • An increase of your insurance premiums;
  • losing your driver’s license;
  • losing your job;
  • a potential of jail time and other life-altering implications.

Check out our past blog about how to deal with the consequences of a drunken driving charge. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, DWI or OVI contact our office and we’ll be able to help.

 

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