DWI And DUI Distinctions

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In many states, the terms DUI and DWI are used synonymously to describe the crime of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or otherwise impaired. If you have been caught driving while over the legal limit, depending on you state's laws, you could be charged with either a DWI or DUI. DWI stands for either driving while impaired or driving while intoxicated, whereas DUI typically stands for driving under the influence. Unfortunately, there is no nationwide definition for either crime. For example, some states only use the term DWI for minors who drive after consuming alcohol; whereas others use the term DUI only for drivers under the influence of illegal drugs. However, most states that recognize both the DUI and DWI offenses will typically treat the more severe crimes as DWI offenses, and reserve the DUI charges for less severe crimes. If you have been charged with either offense, you should speak with an experienced DUI or DWI attorney to discuss your best legal options.

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