While in many states there is no differentiation between DWI and DUI, there is a very distinct difference in the state of Texas. DWI stands for driving while intoxicated and DUI stands for driving under the influence. However, the difference in what charge is used has to do with the age of the driver.
DUI, in the state of Texas, refers to the zero tolerance policy of alcohol consumption for anyone under the age of 21. A person under 21 years old who has any detectable amount of alcohol in their system may be arrested for DUI. They will be considered driving under the influence even if they are far below the .08 percent blood alcohol level.
Texas DWI applies if you are of the legal drinking age (21+) and you fall under the stipulations of intoxication. You will be considered intoxicated when your blood alcohol level is .08 percent or greater or you are noticeably impaired. Someone under 21 can also be arrested for DWI if they are driving legally drunk. However, because it is harder to prove a DWI case, persons under 21 are often arrested for DUI.
If I Am Facing DUI or DWI Charges?
In either situation, whether you are facing Texas DWI or DUI, it is important to realize the seriousness of the arrest. The implications are far reaching in both scenarios. You should contact an experienced attorney immediately to pursue your legal rights. If you need to talk to an attorney about Texas DWI or DUI today, contact Paul Previte for a free consultation at 817-335-4357!