Dallas DWI Attorney

DWI or DUI?

You get pulled over by the police. You have been drinking, and now the police are about to put you through all the field sobriety tests that they can think of. This is not the position that you want to be in. If you do find yourself in this position, however, you may be wondering what the difference between a DWI and a DUI charge is.

The basic difference is your age. If you are under 21, you can be charged with driving under the influence, or DUI. This charge means that you are driving a vehicle while you have alcohol in your blood stream. You do not have to be over the legal limit for this charge to apply because there is no legal limit when you are under age. This means that if a test reads your BAC at 0.01, you can be charged with a DUI.

Driving while intoxicated, or DWI, is different. Alcohol can influence you from the first drink, but you will not be charged with a DWI unless you are over the legal limit. This means that your BAC must be at least 0.08 in order for the police to charge you with DWI.

Here in Texas, there are zero tolerance laws for drinking while under age. This is why it is so easy for minors to be charged with a DUI.

Speak with a Dallas DWI Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been charged with either a DUI or a DWI, contact the Dallas DWI lawyer, Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.


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