Sep 22 2010

What is the difference between DUI and DWI?

Category: Law


It depends on the state you live in. In some states, a DWI (Driving while impaired/intoxicated) will hold a more severe penalty than a DUI (Driving under the influence). In some states, they are used interchangeably. In some states, the terms DWI or DUI are used exclusively to describe driving under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.

In any case, a driver caught with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of over 0.08% will be arrested and charged with either a DWI or DUI. The police will most likely impound your car, give you a ticket, and take you to jail for up to 24 hours. You will also have to appear in court and pay a number of hefty fines. Couple that with a nasty hike in car insurance rates and you’re probably looking at paying close to 10k when all is said and done.

A $50 cab ride doesn’t sound too bad after all, considering the alternative.

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