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. State laws differ so both terms may mean the same or differently basing on the jurisdiction, wherein both terms can be used to describe a driver who is impaired or drunk driving, and some state laws regard 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 appear to be impaired before the arresting officer, and your breath analyzer is within normal, the officer may still call a Drug Recognition Expert to come into the scene in order to determine if you’re under the influence of drugs to carry out a multi-step evaluation process to entail DWI or DUI. 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. Your photograph or mug shot and your fingerprint will be taken to the police station. 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. 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 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.
You need to be aware that in all states, your driving privileges is loss for a given period of time even in states offering hardship license that allows a driver to work or school during the time a license is suspended or revoked. 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.