There’s a lot of confusion about the differences between a DUI and a DWI in Texas. There are many different variables that can affect the outcome of someone’s situation if they find themselves charged with either one. We hope that the following information helps clear up some of that confusion.
DUI (Driving Under The Influence)
First and fore most it is important to know exactly what you are being charged with. If someone is charged with a DUI it is because they are under 21 and were found to have alcohol in their blood stream, but not enough to be legally intoxicated. If they are under 21 and found to have an alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent in their blood or breathe then they will be charged with a DWI.
DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)
While only minors can receive a DUI anyone can be charged with a DWI. The justice system uses blood alcohol concentration to determine if someone is over their limit to drive so it’s important to know your limit.
21 or older: 0.08%
Commercial Drivers: 0.04%
Under 21: any detectable amount
Common DUI and DWI Penalties
-Education and intervention programs
-Loss of license
DUID (Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs)
Being under the influence of something means that you don’t have normal use of mental or physical faculties because of a substance. In Texas there is no fixed amount of drugs in the blood system that determines conviction. It is determined on a case by case basis. The same penalties that apply to DUIs apply to DUIDs.
If you find yourself being charged with any of these offenses and not sure what to do, give us a call at 713-225-0650.