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What Constitutes Drunk Driving or Driving While Intoxicated?
Drunk driving, sometimes called driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), has two meanings:
- Driving with a blood alcohol level over the state's maximum permissible blood alcohol limit. The legal limit for adults is either 0.08% or 0.10% depending on the State.
- Driving when your physical abilities are impaired by drugs or alcohol. In some cases, it makes no difference whether the drug is legal or illegal. If taking that drug impacts your senses of seeing, hearing, talking, walking and/or judging distances, you may be guilty of a drunk driving offense.
Potential penalties for driving drunk can range from license suspension, substantial fine, jail time, mandatory DWI education course, and probation for up to three years. DUI penalties range from state to state. Finding an experienced DWI attorney is vital to your defense as a drving while intoxicated conviction can have consequences that last for years (such as higher insurance rates, social stigma, and impacting your employment).