Distinguishing Between DWI and DUI
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving while under the influence (DUI) are very serious criminal offenses. If you’ve been charged with either offense, you need legal assistance from a criminal lawyer who has experience handling DWI cases. The definitions of DUI and DWI vary from state to state. Some states recognize both offenses, while others only recognize a DWI offense. If you’ve been charged with DWI in Mineola, you should be aware that, under NY law, you can be charged with DWI for having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher. One could also be charged with aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .18 percent or higher.
Learn more about DWI and DUI offenses by watching this video. You’ll hear how states that recognize both offenses differentiate between the two. For example, some states use the DUI charge for minors who are arrested for drunk driving.