Distinguishing DWI and DUI

Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI) are very similar charges. In fact, in some states, they are used interchangeably.

If you’ve been charged with either offense, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney right away. Your DUI lawyer will help you understand the specific nature of your charge and the potential penalties involved. Your defense attorney can also explain your legal options.


As you’ll learn by watching this video, the definitions of DUI and DWI vary from state to state. Some states only use the DUI offense, while others reserve it for charging minors who drive while drunk. States that use both charges typically consider a DWI offense as more severe than a DUI offense; however, this is not always the case. Regardless of the specific charge you’re facing, you’ll need the help of an experienced DWI defense attorney in the Maryland and D.C. areas.



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