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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. 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.

Even if a driver meets the blood alcohol concentration levels for legal intoxication, a driver can still be charged with DUI or DWI 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. Even if your breath analyzer indicated that you’re not under the influence of alcohol, the arresting officer can call a Drug Recognition Expert to come into the scene in order to determine if you’re under the influence of drugs. 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. 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 your arrest, a ticket or summon will be given to you indicating the date you need to appear in court for you to face the charges. 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.

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