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. Regardless of the term used, both DUI and DWI refer to a driver who is either intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs, and this also applies to driving under prescription drugs that can impair driving abilities. 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. 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. If you’re arrested because of suspected drunk driving, you’ll be placed in a police vehicle and you’ll be taken to the police station or jail. In the police station, you’ll undergo mug shot and your fingerprint will be obtained. Some states are allowing a driver charged with DUI or DWI to be bailed and be released the same day, but there are several states now requiring a driver to be held for a certain period of time until he is sober up. At the time of arrest, the driver will be given a ticket or a summon telling the date of court appearance to face the charges, and this can be a humiliating experience to some drivers having to answer in public. There is a chance that you get to see yourself in a video failing the field sobriety test taken from the officer’s dashboard camera or taken at the jail where you have been processed if ever you deny all the charges and plead not guilty.
Remember that in all states, first-time convictions include loss of driving privileges for a specific period of time. Once you are arrested for DWI or DUI, it is best to contact a lawyer right away so that you are well-represented in court and you’ll be given a legal advice of the best course of action you need to do.