Learn The Difference Between DWI and DUI
The terms DUI ( Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated or Driving While Impaired) have different meanings and they can also refer to the same offense depending on the state. In any case, both mean that a driver risked his life and the life of other people by taking alcohol or drugs that impair his ability to drive properly. Depending on state laws, DUI and DWI are both terms used to describe drunken or impaired driving, and some state laws regard the offense drunk driving as DUI and others call it DWI.
In some jurisdictions, a driver can still be charged with DUI or DWI even if he meets the blood alcohol concentration levels for legal intoxication. An arresting officer has every reason to believe that a driver is too impaired or drunk driving even if a driver meets the legal alcohol concentrations levels of 0.08, and may still be charged with driving while impaired. Even if your breath analyzer indicated that you’re not under the influence of alcohol, the arresting officer can call a Drug Recognition Expert to come into the scene in order to determine if you’re under the influence of drugs. If you are arrested because of suspected drunk driving, the first thing that will happen to you is being placed in a police vehicle, and taken to the nearest jail or police station. There you will have a mug shot and your fingerprint was taken. Some states allow a driver charged with DUI or DWI to be bailed out the same day, but there are states now that require a driver to be held for a certain period of time until the driver is sober up. At the time of your arrest, a ticket or summon will be given to you indicating the date you need to appear in court for you to face the charges. There are many instances wherein drivers deny the charges and later on find themselves viewing a video before everyone else in the courtroom failing the field sobriety test taken from the officer’s dashboard camera or taken at the jail where the driver has been processed if ever he denies all the charges and plead not guilty.
It is good to know that first-time convictions in all states include losing driving privileges for a period of time. A DWI or DUI lawyer can help you in facing all these charges, so choose a trusted, reliable, and experienced attorney to best represent you in court.