DUI Versus DWI, Importance of Understanding the Difference!

There are many acronyms for drunk driving. Two of the most prominent are DUI and DWI. What is the difference?  In some states, there are significant differences in the consequences for being convicted of one versus the other.

In this Drunk Drivers Rights article, we will give you information that will help you better understand the difference between a DUI and DWI.

What the Terms DUI and DWI Mean

In almost all instances, DUI means driving under the influence of alcohol (and possibly drugs). It’s the most common acronym used in the United States and serves as the base line for drunk driving laws. In all 50 states, a person is said to be DUI if his or her blood alcohol level is .08 or above.

The term DWI means driving while impaired in some states and might be synonymous with DUI. In others, DWI means driving while intoxicated which is usually a more serious offense. For example, in quite a few states, if your blood alcohol level is .10 or higher, you are charged with DWI, driving while intoxicated. Mandatory license suspension, fines and even jail time are harsher. Good DUI attorneys might help you plea bargain to DUI if arrested for DWI, especially if it is a first offense and your blood alcohol level wasn’t grossly over the limit.

DUI attorneys will be able to represent you whether you’re facing DUI or DWI charges. Other terms for the same things include DUII, DUIL, OUI and OWI. The attorneys will be able to discuss your options with you.

Driving After a DUI

You might have different privileges for driving after a DUI than you will after a DWI. For example, you might be allowed to have a restricted or provisional license that permits you to drive to and from work or to court-required classes or counseling.

In most cases, your DUI attorneys will need to petition the court to allow you to have a restricted license for driving after a DUI.

And before you drive, acquaint yourself with DUI/DWI laws in your state so that you know what the legal dangers are of drinking and driving.