What Makes DUI Different From DWI
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. Whatever the case, it means that a driver is being charged with a serious offense that risked the safety and health of himself and other people. Depending on the state where you were caught, both terms are used in describing a driver who is impaired or drunk driving, and some state laws refer to the offense drunk driving as DUI and others call it DWI.
A driver still faces DUI or DWI even if he meets the blood alcohol concentration levels for legal intoxication in some jurisdictions. With any of these charges, a police officer or traffic officer has every reason to believe that the driver is driving under the influence and may still be charged with impaired driving even if he meets the legal alcohol concentration levels. If you happen to appear impaired before the arresting officer, and your breath analyzer shows that you’re not under the influence of alcohol, the arresting officer can contact a Drug Recognition Expert to determine if you’re under the influence of drugs. The first thing that will happen to you if ever if got arrested for a suspicion of drunk driving is you’ll be paced into a police vehicle and you’ll be taken to the nearest police station or jail. In the police station, you’ll undergo mug shot and your fingerprint will be obtained. In some states, a driver can be released right away if the bail is paid, but there are several states requiring a driver to be held for a certain period of time until the driver is sober up. You’ll be given a ticket or a summon once you are arrested and it shows the date you have to appear in court to face the charges, and this can be a humiliating experience to other people. 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.