Drunk Driving (referred to as OUI, DUI, DWI, and OWI) is one of the most common criminal charges brought in Massachusetts. Under Massachusetts drunk driving law the charge is referred to as Operating Under the Influence (OUI), and that is the term that we shall use here. While actual drunken driving is a clear danger and a serious problem, many innocent drivers are swept up in the net cast by law enforcement. Many law abiding citizens face this criminal charge every year and need an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney to defend their rights.
It is not a crime to drink and drive in Massachusetts. Rather, the crime of operating under the influence is comprised of the operation of a motor vehicle on a public way or on private property open to the public while the ability to drive is impaired by alcohol or drugs.