While many believe that a charge of DWI, DUI, and DWAI are all similar, the state of New maintains that there are vast differences among them.
DWI, or Driving While Intoxicated, charges are usually from situations in which the driver was impaired by alcohol in their system. The legal limit for blood alcohol content in the state of New York is 0.08%.
DUI, or Driving Under the Influence, charges are related to those in which the driver was possibly impaired by other mind-altering substances, such as marijuana, heroin, prescription drugs, etc. DUI is often used as an umbrella term for different types of driving while impaired.
Finally, DWAI, or Driving While Ability Impaired, is a charge in which the blood alcohol content of the driver is below 0.08%, but the driver was still impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. These are usually lesser offenses than DWI charges, although they could become bigger if another person was killed or injured in an accident resulting from the driver’s impairment.
All of the above offenses are quite serious charges. They can result in the driver going to jail and/or paying a fine. Additionally, their license can be revoked.
Have you been charged with DWAI and are not sure what to do next? Experienced DWAI Lawyers can help guide you through the stressful legal process. If you live in or near Suffern, New York, call The Inniss Law Firm, PLLC at (845) 533-0265 for a free consultation.
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