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Differences between DUI and DWI

DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence, and DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated.  As a general rule of thumb, any alcohol-related traffic incident is referred to as a DUI in the State of Virginia.  No distinction is made between a DUI and a DWI in Virginia and the terms are often used interchangeably.


A DUI covers a broader spectrum of impaired driving.  For example, you are considered driving under the influence if your driving is impaired from prescription, over-the-counter or illegal drugs.  Also, because intoxication might not legally occur until you reach a BAC level of 0.08 or higher, driving under the influence allows for a looser interpretation of the suspicion and cause of arrest.

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