What is the difference beteween a DWi and a DUI?

UPDATED: Nov 25, 2018

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right legal decisions.

We strive to help you make confident insurance and legal decisions. Finding trusted and reliable insurance quotes and legal advice should be easy. This doesn’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own.

UPDATED: Nov 25, 2018Fact Checked

Get Legal Help Today

Compare Quotes From Top Companies and Save

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

What is the difference beteween a DWi and a DUI?

I’m confused. Are they different or the same thing?

Asked on November 25, 2018 under Criminal Law, Ohio


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Both of these terms are used in regarding to operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Specifcally, DWI is stands for "driving while intoxicated/impaired"; DUI stands for "driving under the influence". State laws vary as to how each is treated; these terms can either have different meanings or they can refer to the same offense. In the states in which the drunk driving laws are different for a DUI and a DWI, a DUI is treated as a lesser charge because it indicates a lesser degree of intoxication than a DWI. Additionally, these states sometimes may allow the charges of a DWI to be reduced to a DUI.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption