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The Difference between DUI and DWI

DUI, DWI, what’s the difference? The question can be confusing to many and the answer varies from state to state. In general, DUI stands for “Driving Under the Influence” and DWI refers to “Driving While Intoxicated.” DUI is broader and encompasses driving while under the influence of drugs while DWI typically refers to driving while drunk, said a New York Criminal Lawyer. It should be noted that both terms are criminal terms. In Illinois, for example, one may have their license taken away while not having been convicted of a DUI. What happens is this: upon receiving one’s license, a driver agrees to undergo any field sobriety test ordered by a police officer. Failure to do so results in an automatic 12 month suspension of one’s license. However, this is NOT a criminal conviction, said a New York Criminal Lawyer. It does not go on one’s record and thus does not negatively impact a person’s life to the same degree. A DUI or DWI however is a criminal offense and is permanent and can impact one’s future to a great degree, reports a New York Criminal Lawyer. This is why it is recommended that a person refuse to take a field sobriety test. While one may lose their license they also make it much more difficult for the state to convict them of a DUI or DWI.

Sticking with traffic related offenses, pulling out of the way of an emergency vehicle is required in many states, said a New York Criminal Lawyer. The general practice is to move to the right but moving to the left is permitted if the driver feels that is safer.

DUI and DWI are serious charges and need prompt legal attention. If you’ve been charged with either you should contact a New York Criminal Attorney today.

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