There are various acronyms used in the law, especially in regards to driving
under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance (legal or illegal),
or a chemical. Many of the common acronyms associated with drunk or drugged
driving, include: DUI, DWI, OVI, DUII, and BAC.
Understanding the difference between these acronyms is a helpful way to
be prepared if you’re ever in a situation where you’re charged
with DUI (driving under the influence).
DUI, DWI, OVI, and DUII are similar because they involve the use of a substance
that can in some way poorly affect the driver’s ability to drive
or handle their vehicle. They all refer to drunk and drugged driving and
the language or term used for DUI varies depending on the state.
What does BAC mean?
BAC is your blood alcohol concentration level that is tested to determine
if you were driving while under the influence of alcohol. In California
and across the nation, your age determines the legal BAC limit.
In California, for underage drinkers (under 21 years of age), there is
a zero tolerance policy, and therefore any BAC higher than a 0.01% BAC
level will be in violation of California law. Anyone who is at or above
the legal drinking age with a BAC of 0.08% or higher will be considered
in violation of California’s drunk driving laws.
Are DUI and DWI the same thing?
DUI means “driving under the influence” and DWI is “driving
while intoxicated.” They are different acronyms but they mean the
California, Florida and Arizona for example, call drunk or drugged driving
DUI, while Texas and New York call it “DWI.” In Oregon, DUI
is called DUII, which stands for “driving under the influence of
If a person is accused of DUI in Orange County or anywhere in California,
they can face serious penalties if convicted. A California DUI is a “wobbler,”
which means it can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony depending
on the facts of the case. A DUI involving bodily injury or death is generally
prosecuted as a felony DUI.
If you, or someone you know has been accused of DUI,
contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry today for a
free consultation with one of OC’s
top DUI defense firms!