In Massachusetts, an OUI is a criminal charge of operating under the influence of alcohol.  In other states, it may be called a DUI, driving under the influence, or a DWI, driving while intoxicated.

If the police suspect a driver of drunk driving, he/she will be arrested, placed into police custody, transported to and booked at the local police station.  Following the booking procedure, the driver will usually be released on bail with instructions to return to court the following business day.

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Perhaps you had a few drinks and hit a stop sign…or a tree…or a curb.  Or you were swerving from lane to lane…or driving erratically.  The police came along and checked your driver’s license.  They asked you to do some field sobriety tests.  Recite the alphabet…without singing it.  Stand on one foot.  Count backwards from 100 to 87.  Walk 9 steps heal to toe, then turn around and walk back.  Maybe they asked you to take a breath test.

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