The Difference Between DWI and DUI & Why it is Important for YOU to Know!

Do you know the difference between a DWI-DUI? Do you know what these acronyms stand for?  Is one worse than the other? Let us start first by defining these terms. First there is "DUI" which stands for “Driving Under the Influence. All that is required to be convicted of a DUI is that the Prosecutor shows that the driver was impaired by alcohol when driving or in physical control of a vehicle. Basically  this is saying that if you are caught while impaired by any sort of alcohol, drugs or unnatural substance in your body while in control of a car, you could be found guilty of a DUI. It does not matter what level of the substance is in your body, just if you are impaired. “DWI” stands for "Driving While Intoxicated." Intoxication is defined as a prohibited alcohol level, which in Minnesota is .08. It does not matter if you are impaired it only matters if you are over the limit of .08. DUI-DWI’s are different, but the repercussions could be the same. If you have any further questions about the difference between DUI/ DWI please feel free to contact Kevin Sieben Law today.