Is There a Difference Between DUI and DWI in Washington?

January 9, 2018
The abbreviations DUI and DWI are frequently used in different states. DUI stands for the offense of driving under the influence. DWI stands for driving while intoxicated. In some states, like Texas, these are separate and distinct offenses. For example, a person 21 years old or above can be charged with DUI if he or she is found to be operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or over. If a person in Texas is under 21, and he or she is found to be operating a motor vehicle with any amount of alcohol in his or her blood, that individual can be charged with DWI. The State of Washington doesn’t distinguish between DUI and DWI.

Outside of the legal community, people might substitute DWI for DUI, but the laws of the State of Washington always refer to the offense as DUI. In most cases, the offense is punishable by a term of up to 364 days in jail and a fine not to exceed $5,000. There are also administrative consequences against a person’s driver’s license.

If you’re facing a DUI charge in Washington, you’ll want attorneys who use the proper terminology and know how to advise you in an initial consultation. The State of Washington allows you very little time to contest a suspension of your driver’s license after a DUI arrest. Invoke your rights, and contact us right away to arrange for a free consultation and case review after any DUI arrest. We know DUI law and how to talk DUI talk.

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