Are DUI and DWI the same thing?

Do penalties differ between the two, or is it just a matter of the substance taken? .

Auburn, WA -

Attorney Answers (3)

Scott Weymouth Lawrence

Scott Weymouth Lawrence

DUI / DWI Attorney - Seattle, WA
Answered

Different states have different names for a "drunk driving" charge. In Washington it's Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Oregon calls it Driving Under the Influence of an Intoxicant (DUII). Other states call it Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), etc... All generally the same thing, but the laws in every state are a little different.

James J White

James J White

DUI / DWI Attorney - Tacoma, WA
Answered

The penalties are the same. The substance does not matter either. DUI refers to the .08 standard. DWI refers to the "Officer's opinion" standard for intoxication. You can be under .08 and still "intoxicated" in the Officer's opinion and subject to being charged.
At your service,

Ted Harvatin

Ted Harvatin

DUI / DWI Attorney - Springfield, IL
Answered

Same thing. Some states believe that driving while "intoxicated" suggests to juries that you have to be stumbling drunk.

Questions? An attorney can help.

Ask a Question
Free & anonymous.
Find a Lawyer
Free. No commitment.