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Attorney R. T. Willis represents people charged with DWI's and DUI's.

What's The Difference Between DUI And DWI?

Both DUI and DWI refer to the illegal act of driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. The chief difference lies in what the letters mean. DUI designates driving under the influence, while DWI refers to driving while intoxicated.

A DUI charge can denote a lesser degree of impairment than a DWI for a driver charged with drinking and driving. Level of impairment is determined by the driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of arrest. In some cases, the state may agree to a plea bargain, reducing a more serious charge of DWI to DUI. Have you been charged with DWI? It is important to enlist the help of an experienced defense attorney immediately.

Mr. Willis can take the immediate steps necessary to try to keep you from losing your license but you must act now.

A first time DWI is a very serious and scary charge. A charge or conviction can ruin your reputation, your ability to gain employment, your college applications, loans, and many other things. It can result in community service, jail time, suspension of your driving privileges, thousands of dollars in drivers license renewal surcharges, thousands of dollars in increased insurance premiums, the inability to gain employment or even the termination of your job, loss of specialized licenses, the inability to rent motor vehicles, it can greatly affect credit scores, just to name a few.

A second offense DWI can involve all of the above plus jail for up to one year or 'house arrest' (community supervision) and breath interlocks on your cars.

A third offense over a life-time can involve a prison sentence for up to ten years. A traffic accident where people are slightly hurt can be a Felony DWI involving a prison sentence.

People usually fail to consider the political aspect of DWI's as well. With organizations like MADD and other special interest groups, you can be monitored through the progress of your DWI case as it moves through the courts. Once you are convicted your name and information is then in the system and can sometimes be followed to pick you out for additional charges given the chance. You need a reputable attorney to help you with this charge - do not take it lightly.

Call our office today at 281-542-9555 to schedule your initial consultation!


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