What Is DWI? What Is DUI?

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Driving while drunk can result in two possible charges, each with multiple levels depending on various circumstances, including how high the blood alcohol content reading is. These two charges are known as driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). What charge you receive hinges on your age when you are arrested, but the severity of the penalty will depend on the effects of the driver's drunkenness and past offenses.

In the case of either charge, you deserve effective, proficient, and compassionate representation. Whether you are facing DWI charges or your child is dealing with the consequences of DUI, the Dallas DWI lawyers at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP have the experience to fight for your rights and protect your interests.

Speak with our attorney at no cost to you—we offer free consultations so you can get the guidance you need. Call (214) 301-5007 today.

What Is Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)?

If anyone is arrested for driving with a blood alcohol content level (BAC) of .08% or higher, they may face DWI charges. First offenses are a misdemeanor and can include penalties like 180 days in jail or a $2,000 fine. However, this is only true if the BAC is below .12%—then, the driver will incur harsher penalties.

A DWI offense ceases to be a misdemeanor and becomes a felony if:

  • It is the second (or higher) DWI in 10 years
  • If the driver caused injury to someone else
  • If the driver had a passenger under the age of 15

Commercial drivers have even harsher standards for DWI charges. If you are a commercial driver, your BAC cannot be higher than .04% while driving—even if you are not driving a commercial vehicle. In addition, you will lose your commercial driving privileges if you are convicted of DWI.

What Is Driving Under the Influence (DUI)?

Any driver under the age of 21 found drinking and driving will be charged with DUI. As a zero-tolerance state, there is no “minimum BAC” for underage offenders—any amount of alcohol detected by a test will result in DUI charges. Minors will incur less-harsh penalties, usually involving community service, enrollment in the education program, and loss of their license. However, harsher penalties will be applied if the minor had a BAC above the adult legal limit of .08%. For minors, they have the potential option of having their record cleared when they turn 21, freeing them of their criminal record.

First-time DUI offenses include the following penalties:

  • $500 fine
  • 60 days in jail
  • Community service
  • Enrollment in awareness program

Let our Dallas DWI attorneys fight on your behalf to protect your future. Schedule a free consultation today.

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