What is DUI and what is DWI?

Confused about the difference between DUI and DWI? You are not alone. There are major differences between these impaired driving charges. To start, DUI stands for “Driving under the Influence”. DWI stands for “Driving While Intoxicated”. DUI typically involves being arrested for the use of BOTH alcohol and drugs, either illicit or prescription medications. DWI typically involves only the consumption of alcohol. To complicate this further, some states use the charge of “DUI” while others use “DWI”.

If you drive impaired with children under the age of 14 in your car, you face very serious “DUI child endangerment” charges. You desperately need a well-trained DUI-DWI lawyer sitting next to you in court. He or she will explain every crucial detail of DUI vs DWI, and will start to build a strategy to reduce or eliminate your DUI-DWI charge – and get your life back to normal.

Most people know very little about the difference between DUI and DUI – until it’s too late! That’s why over 1,000,000 DUI-DWI arrests occur in the United States each year. But with an expert DUI lawyer in your court IT IS NEVER TOO LATE!

You are going to face highly trained DUI prosecutors who send people to jail every day. They are determined to find you guilty of DUI or DWI – and make you pay for your mistake.

Do not hire a DUI attorney because of a splashy ad you saw on the side of a bus. You wouldn’t hire your neurosurgeon that way. Talk to a few well-qualified DUI lawyers. Ask friends and family. Call one of our DUI- DWI fighters right now! We work around the clock because so do the police.

Arrested for Alcohol Impairment Only

If you were arrested for impaired driving due to alcohol only, there are two general ways that virtually all alcohol impairment or drunk driving cases get accused:

1. Traditional, common law DWI – your arresting officer gathers evidence to support his or her “opinion” that you had consumed too much alcohol to drive safely. This type of DWI-alcohol impairment case does not require any breath, blood or urine test, and (possibly) no field sobriety tests.

In states where refusal to submit to testing is still permitted (e.g., Georgia, Florida, Connecticut), these “traditional” alcohol impairment cases are common, whereas other states (e.g., Arizona, California, Michigan, Indiana) will use physical force and restraints to take a forcible blood or urine test (by catheter) if you refuse to voluntarily submit to field sobriety tests.

2. “Per Se” DUI-DWI – is based upon a “reading” or result from a blood test, breath test, or urine test indicating that you had consumed enough alcohol to put you at or above the state’s legal limit. For example, a driver under age 21 stopped in Georgia is allowed up to a 0.02 reading, whereas a driver in Georgia who is age 21 or more (who is not operating a commercial motor vehicle) is allowed to have up to a 0.08 reading.

Arrested for Drug Impairment Only

In the last 10 years there has been an explosion of drug impairment only arrests. More and more people are taking prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) medications that can make them less capable of reacting to sudden driving emergencies. If you didn’t drink any alcohol before driving, but took drugs and then drove, your arrest is covered under specific DUI-DWI provisions that prohibit driving while impaired by drugs only.

In addition to a drug impairment DUI, most states have another drug-related offense that allows prosecution if you have any measurable amount of a contraband or illicit substance, such as cocaine or marijuana in your system. Many states also have drug impairment driving statutes to deal with inhalants, such as glue or paint thinner vapors, as an impairing substance.

BOTTOM LINE – if you get impaired on anything, the state you were arrested in has a law that for your prosecution for the crime of drunk/drugged/impaired driving. Don’t wait a minute longer – talk to a local highly-experienced DUI attorney right now!

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