There are several differences between DUI and DWI, but both should be considered serious offenses. DUI means driving under the influence of alcohol. If you are under the age of 21, you can be convicted for DUI with any detectable amount of alcohol during a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) test.
DWI means driving while impaired. The amount of impairment is measured by the results of a BAC test. Based on the test results, it will determine the seriousness of the offense, the Class of offense you are charged with, and potential outcomes if you are convicted and found guilty.
Texas takes DUI and DWI offenses very seriously and has some rather strict punishments for those convicted including large fines, hefty license fees, and jail time. For further differences between DUI and DWI in Texas, as well as to learn more about potential penalties for the offenses, please continue reviewing the following infographic.
If you were or a loved one was injured in a car accident due to the negligence of a DUI or DWI driver, please feel free to contact the auto accident lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer, & Harris, L.L.P.