Many people in Texas think that these two terms are interchangeable. However, depending on the state you live in, this difference can be important. DUI is an acronym that stands for “driving under the influence.” DWI stands for either “driving while intoxicated” or “driving while impaired.” A DUI or DWI may be issued for not only alcohol, but also recreational drugs and prescription medications that impair your abilities to operate a vehicle. Either way, a DUI or DWI means that you are being charged with a serious criminal offense that can have an important effect on your life. Both a DUI and a DWI mean that an arresting officer has reason to believe that you were too impaired to operate a vehicle. You may be asked to perform a field sobriety test, a breathalyzer test, or both in order to make this determination.
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In Texas, a DUI is issued only to minors (individuals under the age of 21) that are under the legal blood alcohol limit (.008) pursuant to the Texas Traffic Code. A DWI, by comparison, is charged pursuant to the Texas Penal Code and is, therefore, a much more serious charge. A person may be charged if they are driving above the legal blood alcohol limit or if they are driving while clearly impaired.
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If you have been charged with either of these offenses, you need quality and effective legal representation and the Peugh Law Firm can help you. Contact us today to learn how we can help you. 940.566 0271