Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) both are terms that refer to the act of operating a motor vehicle (or watercraft or aircraft) while physically impaired by the effects of alcohol and/or drugs. It is a serious offense; a driver convicted of a DUI or DWI typically faces harsh punishment, as it can be considered a felony. Consequences for driving under the influence include higher insurance costs, significant fines, driver's license suspension, and alcohol assessment and treatment. Those charged with a DUI should contact a DUI attorney as soon as possible so as to have their rights defended, especially if they believe they have been charged unfairly or without due process.
A person can be charged with a DUI if alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, or illegal drugs negatively affect his or her senses or motor skills. In order to face charges, the driver must have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Any DUI or DWI offense is illegal in all U.S. jurisdictions, according to state drunk driving laws and carries with it harsh penalties, particularly for repeat offenders. If you are facing a drunk driving charge, a DUI attorney will defend your rights in court and may be able to lower your penalty.