A DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is a criminal offense that occurs when a person drives a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. A DWI (Driving While Impaired) is a criminal offense that occurs when a person drives a vehicle with a BAC lower than 0.08%, but still over the legal limit. Both offenses involve the consumption of alcohol prior to driving, however, the main difference between DUI and DWI is the amount of alcohol consumed. A DUI is considered a more severe offense than a DWI since it involves a higher BAC level.
In addition, the penalties associated with DUI and DWI also vary. For a DUI, a person may face a fine, jail time, and even the suspension of their driver’s license. A DWI, on the other hand, may result in a fine, community service, and/or educational classes. In some states, the penalties for a DWI may be less severe than those associated with a DUI.
It is important to note that both DUI and DWI are serious criminal offenses and can have serious consequences. As such, anyone who has been charged with either offense should consult an experienced attorney to ensure that their rights are protected.