Both DWI and DUI actually made its way to a lot of people, but we usually forget what it 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.
What is DUI?
DUI means Driving Under the Influence, which is associated with people driving while they are drunk, but this could also be applied for those who are under the influence of medications or drugs. You also will find some states that provides a first offense first, which means that those who commits the crime of DUI while they drive a motor vehicle at a highway with blood-alcohol concentration of .08%, regardless whether they are visibly impaired.
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.
What is DWI?
DWI is considered to be state-specific. For some states, DWI actually means “driving while intoxicated” and is in fact a synonym for 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 in case you were criminally charged with DWI or DUI or perhaps have a fear of becoming liable on your actions while you were impaired, you should contact an attorney who will be able to help you with your case. 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.