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What is DUI and DWI?

A lot of people have heard about DUI and DWI, but there are still a lot of people who forgets what it really means. Also, there’s usually a confusion on the distinction between a DWI and DUI which could be enhanced through variations between the differing jurisdictions.

Understanding DUI

When talking about DUI, this means Driving Under the Influence which is associated for people that drives while being drunk, but this may apply also for those who are under the influence of medication or drugs. There are also some states that provides a first offense, which means that those who commits DUI while they drive a motor vehicle on a road or a highway with a blood-alcohol concentration to about .08% whether they are impaired visibly.

In a lot of states, the defendant needs to drive a vehicle for them to be convicted of driving drunk, but this actually is changing. Some of the states however use phrases such as “being in physical control of the vehicle” or “operating a vehicle” so they could broaden up the situation to where one could be convicted with DUI like sitting in the driver’s seat with its keys on its ignition even when the car is not moving.

Understanding DWI

DWI on the other hand is usually state-specific. In some states, DWI means “driving while intoxicated” and is also a synonym of DUI. There are instances sometimes with where DWI means “driving while impaired” where any kind of impairment could become the reason for such criminal charge, which in fact includes the case of driving while physically incapable to controlling the vehicle in a safe manner and driving while falling asleep. To make it more simple, its elements are just the same with the DUI, but alcohol and drugs are not involved with it.

Either a DWI or a DUI actually means that the arresting officer still have reason to think that the driver simply is not in the condition to drive or is so impaired. If you think that you are impaired or is simply not capable of driving because of intoxication, drug use or other form of reasons where you are not capable of travelling, you should look for other ways to put off the trip until you are not impaired.

If ever you were criminally charged with DUI or DWI or have fears of being liable for your actions while you are impaired, it is best that you contact an attorney who can help you on the case you are facing. When you were injured by someone who has been a suspect of being impaired, you could contact the local law enforcement to pursue a claim against the driver for the damages and injuries you have sustained.