Is there a difference between DUI and DWI?

In the simplest terms: No!

DUI is an acronym that stands for Driving Under the Influence (of alcohol or other intoxicants), while DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated (usually just refers to alcohol, in most cases). Another possibility is DUII, or DWII which is most commonly used in states like Oregon – Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (kind of combining the former two), or Driving While under the Influence of Intoxicants.

Different states abide by different laws and legislatures who choose the vernacular that fits their needs. It may seem arbitrary, but when it comes to the charge, it’s important to remember that any variation of the acronym can still carry heavy consequences, both physically and psychologically. These charges can be a burden to bear on the person facing them. The key is to not succumb to any system that seem to solely go after one thing – getting you to plead guilty to the offense as quickly as possible, and kick you to the curb.

Having a DWI… or DUII… or DWII… or DUI lawyer Peoria IL relies on on your side, can be extremely beneficial in these cases. Understanding the facets of a drunk or drugged driving related charge can help alleviate the overwhelming stress and confusion that often follows these cases. An attorney is responsible for resolving cases like these in the best way possible for their clients, and want to help you if you’re facing a similar situation.

So, it does not matter whether you are charged with a DUI, DUII, DWI, or DWII – the fact still remains that hiring a competent and experienced attorney to help you fight the case may be your best option. If you fight your case, and you have at least a 1% chance of winning, who knows, you might win! But if you plea guilty… you have a 100% chance of being found guilty!

In conclusion, you should never drink and drive. If, however, that mistake is made, an attorney may be able to help you mitigate any unjust or overly burdensome consequences.

Smith & Weer, P.C.Thanks to our colleagues from Smith & Weer, P.C. for their insight into the difference between DUI and DWI.

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