Knowing the Difference of DWI and DUI
You probably have heard about DWI and DUI, but many people forget what it truly means. There is usually a confusion about the difference between the two which could be enhanced on the variations between its differing jurisdictions.
What is 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.
To some states, the defendant must be driving a vehicle for them to be convicted of being drunk while driving, but it is changing now. 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.
DWI is considered to be state-specific. On some states, DWI would mean “driving while intoxicated” and this is 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 this simple, the elements are actually the same with the DUI, but drugs and alcohol is not involved in the process.
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. When you have reason to believe that you are impaired while you are driving, whether because of drug use or intoxication or other common reasons, you should find a way on how you could travel or simply put off the trip until you will not be 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.