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What is the Difference Between DUI, DWI and OVI?

In Kentucky the offense is officially DUI under KRS 189A.010. DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence and a person can be convicted for DUI while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Indiana law cites OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) wherein Ohio law the charge is OVI (Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated). Generally DWI is shorthand for Driving While Intoxicated. In short, the names are simply shorthand for what the legislature has chosen to call the charge. In effect, all charges are of the same thing, but with different names. All charges in each state have similar penalties whether you are impaired by drugs, alcohol or a combination of the two. Over the past few years, there has been a marked increase in the prosecution of DUI cases involving prescription medication (Rx). The prescription medicine can severely impair a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle. While this may be obvious, especially if the prescription has a warning label about driving or operating heavy machinery, a combination of various prescriptions can have an equal effect on the driver. It is important to know that whether the drugs are prescribed, over the counter (OTC) or illegal, that you can still be convicted of DUI. Many cases involve a prescription drug in combination with some amount of alcohol. Those charged may, and often do, argue that their blood alcohol content was below the legal limit. This makes the case more defensible, however a combination of drugs and alcohol can render a person impaired, which is the standard for a DUI arrest and conviction. If you have been charged with DUI or OVI in Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati, contact Michael Bouldin at mwbouldin@fuse.net or call the office at 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) for a consultation. You should be apprised of your rights before appearing in court on these serious charges.

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