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What is the difference between a DWI and a DUI?

Driving Under the Influence is a “DUI” & Driving While Intoxicated is a ” DWI

They are similar, but they are applied or charged differently depending on the situation of the arrest, the seriousness of the crime and the State, County and local City laws.

Driving Under the Influence  (DUI)

Driving Under the Influence or a “DUI” is a legal charge that is a result of consuming substances which include alcohol-related products, prescription medications, and/or recreational drugs while operating a vehicle.

The vehicle driven is not necessarily a motorized vehicle and can include a bicycle or a scooter, and the scooter does not even have to be on for the rider to be charged with a DUI.

 

Usually, DUI’s charged while operating a bicycle are a misdemeanor, as generally is with an initial Motorized Vehicle DUI Conviction.

Although many states have the same penalties for DUI’s on a bicycle as with motor vehicles, some states have penalties specifically for DUI Convictions on bicycles.

It is also possible to be charged with DUI for a Motorized Wheelchair. A sad situation for some because of prescribed medications, but the law is the law.

So, Yes.  You can get a motorized Wheelchair DUI, a Tractor DUI, an ATV DUI – and about anything other vehicles with a motor operated in public.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

Driving While Intoxicated (Impaired) or a “DWI” is a similar legal charge to a DUI.

In some states, DWI refers to driving while “intoxicated of alcohol” with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) over the legal limit while applying the term DUI when the driver is charged with being “under the influence” of alcohol, prescription medications or other drugs, not necessarily over the legal limit.

Public Intoxication (PI)

Public Intoxication or a “PI” is a result of consuming substances that include alcohol-related products, prescription medications, and/or recreational drugs while in public and also in public while operating non-motorized vehicles are vehicles that do not have drivetrains.

These non-motorized vehicle modes of transportation would be like using roller skates, rollerblades or inline skates, skateboards, and recently the new Segway and Hoverboard stand on vehicles.

In the near future, there may be more serious charges for riding Segways and Hoverboards in public being under the influence or while intoxicated, because these vehicles do have a motor & drivetrain.  Thus, warranting a DUI or a DWI and not just the current Public Intoxication Charge, as it is now.

Good advice would be to avoid riding a Hoverboards and Segways in public if you are under the influence or while intoxicated.

You don’t want to be the first person you know who is charged with a Hoverboard or Segway DUI or DWI should the laws suddenly change. It’s ok to have fun, just obey the laws & be Safe.

First Action to Take Facing DUI Charges

The very first action you should take when facing DUI or DWI Charges to call us and schedule your FREE Driving Under the Influence Legal Consultation.

You need expert legal advice and representation immediately or you risk serious consequences that the court system will impose and we can help ensure you don’t lose your drivers license unnecessarily.

It is likely that this is the first time you have been in serious legal trouble, these real consequences can be scary. If this is a repeat DUI charge, the penalties you face are even steeper and bring the possibility of spending several years in jail.

One of our Experienced DUI/DWI Attorneys will take the time to explain the differences as they apply to your case and to walk you through the legal process including your DMV hearing.

Understand the Legalities of Decision to Drink & Drive

Deciding to drive after drinking too much can result in serious problems, such as criminal charges and possible incarceration. Being arrested for driving under the influence can be an unsettling experience and it should be taken very seriously.

A DUI conviction can have far-reaching negative effects on your family, job, and personal relationships. Losing your drivers license could inhibit your own needs and present serious day-to-day challenges.

Prosecutors in California are serious about pursuing DUI charges and convictions, and hiring a skilled attorney is the smart thing to do.

Even though first-time DUI charges are usually a misdemeanor, they still can bring 3 to 5 years of probation, hefty fines, six months of having your drivers’ license revoked, mandatory DUI education, and two days of jail time. 

When facing such fines, penalties, and jail time you can clearly see the importance of why you need an experienced DUI Defense Attorney who will work hard to help reduce these penalties and seek to have the charges dismissed.

We are DUI, DWI & PI Legal Experts well versed in defending the problems you face and will guide you step-by-step through the entire court and legal process.

We always work to achieve the best possible outcome for You and Your case.

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