Most people know what driving under the influence or DUI means. However, there is some confusion as to what Operating Under Influence means. When a person is charged with this crime, what does he or she need to know?
The Effects of Alcohol or Drugs
Use of alcohol and/or drugs, both legal and illegal, may lead to poor coordination, a slowed reaction time, blurred vision, impaired balance, poor judgment, and more. In fact, alcohol and/or drug use are major contributors to motor vehicle and boating accidents. When a person operates a vessel on Lousiana waters or drives on roads within the state, he or she is subject to testing if pulled by law enforcement. If drugs and/or alcohol are found in the system, the driver or operator may be charged with a crime.
What Is the Difference Between Driving Under the Influence and Operating Under the Influence?
Driving under the influence is a charge that involves a person behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The charge is only applicable if they are actually driving when pulled over. If the driver is pulled over, they cannot be charged with this crime because the car is not moving. However, if the keys remain in the ignition, whether the motor is running or not, the driver could be charged with operating under the influence. Something as simple as removing the keys from the ignition can prevent charges from being filed.
People charged with OUI or DUI will find the penalties to be very severe if they are found guilty. Fines may be levied, the person may be imprisoned for a period of time, and loss of one’s driver’s license is almost mandatory. Boaters need to realize if they are arrested and charged with either crime while operating a water vessel, the arrest will also impact their driver’s license.
A charge of Operating Under Influence is a serious matter. Anyone arrested for this crime should speak to an attorney right away. Visit Chrisrichardattorney.com to learn more about what steps to take at this time. A person must be proactive at this time to obtain the best outcome possible. For this reason, don’t delay. Speak to an attorney today. You can also visit them on Facebook for more information.