What’s the difference between DWI and DUI? Criminal defense lawyer Anthony DeFazio, founder of Anthony DeFazio Law P.C. in New York’s Hudson Valley area, wants to eliminate the public’s confusion. Below, he explains the meanings of the two terms.
What Is DWI?
Under New York state law, DWI means “driving while intoxicated,” the crime of driving a motor vehicle when the driver’s abilities are impaired after consuming alcoholic beverages or drugs. The state’s DWI laws include driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher, or other indications that the driver is intoxicated. For commercial vehicle drivers, the standard is a BAC of 0.04 or other intoxication indications. Drivers with blood alcohol levels of 0.18 or higher are charged with aggravated DWI.
What Is DUI?
DUI stands for “driving under the influence,” the term some states use instead of or in addition to DWI. Some states with DUI laws apply the same BAC standards as New York does for drivers of passenger and commercial vehicles, although their aggravated DUI standards may be different. Whether you’re charged with DWI or DUI, the types of penalties are generally the same: jail time, driver’s license suspension, fines, fees, and surcharges. These serious offenses call for representation by criminal lawyers who have the knowledge and experience to mount successful defenses.
At Anthony DeFazio Law P.C., you get personal legal services from top criminal lawyer Anthony DeFazio himself. Attorney DeFazio guarantees he will call you back on the same business day you call, and you will always speak with him directly. His hands-on attention to your case and years of experience in criminal law will give you the winning edge you need when you face a DWI charge.
Don’t drink or take drugs and drive, but if you face DWI charges, put Anthony DeFazio Law P.C. to work for you. Call (845) 831-3606 for a consultation appointment in the Hudson Valley; to learn more about his practice, visit his website and Facebook page.