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What’s the difference between a DWI and a DUI?

You are no doubt familiar with the terms DUI and DWI. You may not, however, fully understand how the two terms are similar and how they are different. First, “DUI” is short for “driving driving under the influence” and DWI means “driving while intoxicated.” Commentary from Shawn McDonald at SMB Criminal Defense Lawyers in Sugar Land, TX explains the difference between a DUI and a DWI.


In Texas, a DWI is applicable if someone has a blood or breath alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. A DUI occurs when you have a minor under the age of 21 with any amount of detectable alcohol in their system. It is irrelevant whether the minor is impaired by the alcohol in his system. In Texas, if a driver is under 21, it is illegal to drive with any detectable amount of alcohol in his or her system. 


If you have any questions regarding underage DUI or DWI laws in Texas, it is important to reach out to an experienced DWI or DUI attorney who can help you understand and protect your rights. Whether you’ve been charged with a DWI or a DUI, a lot of work needs to be done very quickly if you want to keep your license.