Driving while drunk is called many things – OUI (operating under the influence), DUI (driving under the influence), and DWI (driving while intoxicated). No matter what you call it, it is dangerous and illegal. The penalties are very serious and can include jail time, fines, outpatient and in-patient treatment programs, and a lengthy driver’s license suspension. If you are convicted of a second OUI/DUI/DWI offense, you face a 60 day mandatory minimum jail sentence or a 14-day in-patient treatment program. Eventually you will be eligible to get your driver’s license back, but you could end up paying thousands of dollars in high-risk insurance premiums.

It’s not only alcohol that the law says can impair your driving. If you are under the influence of prescription drugs or illegal drugs and the police officer arrests you for OUI/DUI/DWI, you face the same potential penalties.