DUI or DWI?
Throughout the United States, intoxicated driving is an illegal act that carries serious penalties for those convicted. A person may face one of these charges if they operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) that is over the legal limit in that state, which is .08% in most places, though some jurisdictions have lesser charges for lesser limits of intoxication. In addition, any noticeable degree of intoxication caused by prescription or illegal drug use can warrant an intoxicated driving charge.
Common Intoxicated Driving Charges
Individuals may notice differences in the names of intoxicated driving charges across the United States. Each state defines its charges according to its own legal terms, meaning that the specific language of the laws, and the names of charges, may differ. Depending on the state, an intoxicated driver may face one of the following charges:
- DUI: Driving Under the Influence
- DWI: Driving While Intoxicated
- OWI: Operating While Impaired
- OVI: Operating a Vehicle under the Influence
However, in a few states, charges of DWI and DUI are used to describe two separate laws. One may be used for adults charged with intoxicated driving, while the other applies to minors who are charged with driving after having consumed any amount of alcohol.
Whatever the name of the charge, an intoxicated driving allegation can pose a serious problem for any motorist. If you are facing an alcohol-related charge, we may be able to help. To learn more about what we can do for you, contact an Arizona DUI lawyer at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., by calling 602-510-9999.