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What Constitutes Drunk Driving DUI/DWI?

Drunk driving, sometimes called driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), has two meanings:

  • Driving with a blood alcohol level over the state’s maximum permissible blood alcohol limit. The legal limit for adults is either 0.08% or 0.10% depending on the State.
  • Driving when your physical abilities are impaired by drugs or alcohol. In some cases, it makes no difference whether the drug is legal or illegal. If taking that drug impacts your senses of seeing, hearing, talking, walking and/or judging distances, you may be guilty of a drunk driving offense.

Common Drunk Driving DUI/DWI Tests for Intoxication

  • Breath Test – Breathalyzer
  • Blood Test
  • Urine Test

Tough Penalties for Drunk Driving DUI/DWI Convictions (vary from state to state)

  • Large fines
  • A license suspension or restriction
  • Attendance at a Drunk Driving DUI DWI education course
  • Probation
  • Imprisonment
  • Community service
  • Impounding of the vehicle
  • Ignition interlock devices – to start a car, the driver must blow into the analyzer. If the breath test shows the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) meets or exceeds the legal limit for driving, the car will not start.
  • Increased Insurance Rates

Other Consequences of a DUI/DWI

  • High insurance costs
  • Loss of driver’s license
  • Auto accident
  • Loss of job that requires driving

What Can You Do if You Are Arrested for Drunk Driving DUI/DWI?

If you are arrested for Drunk Driving DUI DWI, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and possible penalties for drunk driving.