Difference Between DUI and DWI

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Difference Between DUI and DWI

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 same thing.

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 intoxicants.”

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!

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