A DUI Attorney Explains the Difference Between DUI and DWI

by | Jun 23, 2014 | Uncategorized

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Attitudes and laws concerning DUI have changed over the years, and driving while intoxicated is treated as a severe criminal offense. You can face conviction if your BAC is .08% or greater, or if you do not pass field sobriety tests. For drivers of commercial vehicles and those under 21, the legal BAC limit is even lower. In this article, we will explain the crimes of DUI and DWI.

DUI & DWI: What is the Difference?
DUI is driving under the influence, and DWI stands for “driving while intoxicated”. In most states the two terms are interchangeable, but in other states, DUI and DWI carry different weight. In such areas, DWI is more serious than DUI and a higher BAC may result in a DWI charge.

Penalties for DWI and DUI
A first DUI or DWI conviction can result in significant legal penalties. Depending on where you live, you may face any or all of the following:
1. Vehicle impound
2. Thousands of dollars in fines
3. Required installation of an ignition interlock
4. Probation
5. Jail time
6. Loss of license
7. Mandatory substance abuse classes
8. Community service

Felony DUI
If you have been convicted of DUI in the past, you can face felony charges for subsequent offenses, even if you did not cause an accident. In Florida, three DUIs within ten years leaves you vulnerable to a felony conviction. Accidents causing death can result in a charge of vehicular homicide or manslaughter, which carry lengthy prison sentences.

Getting Your Record Expunged
In some states you can request that your record be expunged, or erased from the public record. Some states allow for the erasure of DUI charges and arrest, while others expunge convictions for first offenders. Most states put strict limits on expungement. For instance, if you have no prior criminal record, your request will likely be approved -; however, the authorities and the courts will still be able to access your record.

Hiring a DUI Attorney
The laws concerning DUI and DWI are complex and your case is unlike any other. The information in this article should not be considered legal advice. For legal help and advice specific to your case, please call a DUI Attorney with Shinbaum & Campbell P.C. right away.


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