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What Constitutes Drunk Driving DUI/DWI?

Drunk driving, sometimes called driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), has several meanings:

What Is Driving under the Influence?

Driving under the influence means that a person cannot operate a motor vehicle while the person is under the influence of a drug or alcoholic beverage.

The prosecution must prove:

  1. The individual drove a vehicle, AND
  2. While driving or operating the motor vehicle, the individual was impaired by a alcoholic beverage or drug that affected the individual’s ability to drive safely.

Common Drunk Driving DUI/DWI Tests for Intoxication

After the police officer has pulled over an individual and the police officer suspects that the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the police officer may administer several tests called the field sobriety test at the scene

After the officer has administered the field sobriety tests and the officer still suspects that the driver is impaired and is under the influence, the officer may arrest the driver and take the driver down to the police station and administer other scientific tests such as a blood or urine test.

Penalties for Drunk Driving DUI/DWI Convictions (vary from state to state)

Penalties for drunk driving convictions include:

What Are Possible Defenses for Drunk Driving DUI/DWI?

There are many defenses to a DUI/DWI charge that range from the initial stop to the actual arrest of the driver. Some possible defenses include:

Seeking Legal Help

If you are arrested for Drunk Driving DUI DWI, you should speak to an criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and possible penalties for drunk driving.

If you are the victim of an accident involving a drunk driver, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer to learn how to get compensation for your injuries.

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Last Modified: 08-18-2017 03:54 AM PDT

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