In Texas, DUI And DWI Mean Two Different Things | Law Firm Newswire

In Texas, DUI And DWI Mean Two Different Things

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2013 – Drivers in Texas should understand there is a difference between a DUI charge and a DWI charge.

“Texas has the dubious distinction of having one of the highest rates of drunk driving in the nation. It is not something the state is proud of, and accordingly, the police have begun a drive to crack down on suspected drunk drivers ---- that is, drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” stated Bobby Lee, a personal injury lawyer with the Austin firm of Lee, Gober & Reyna.

How are these drivers charged when stopped? Are they charged as DUI or DWI and what is the difference? The media makes a big issue out of DUI, but many do not realize that the law, in Texas, is more specifically aimed at minors under the age of 21. It is illegal for minors to drive if they have even a small amount of alcohol in their system. “If they are caught, they face a Class C misdemeanor and fairly strict penalties, like having their license suspended, hefty fines and community service,” Lee outlined. Police may also charge adults with a DUI.

If the police hand out a citation for DWI, it means the person in question was suspected of having alcohol and/or drugs in their system. According to the Texas Penal Code, this is considered to be a Class B misdemeanor and the offender lands in jail for 72-hours.

Herein lies a major difficulty when it comes to the police determining if someone is under the influence of something. Many of the usually accepted signs of a drunk individual are slurring, needing something to lean on, staggering and being slow to react to external stimuli or not able to answer questions coherently.
“These signs may also be indicative of a medical condition. This explains why a number of people may be falsely arrested for DUI or DWI. Defendants have rights and they need to know what they are. Speak to a DUI/DWI attorney who specializes in defending drivers in cases such as this,” suggested Lee, a plaintiff’s DWI/DUI attorney.

Lee, Gober & Reyna
11940 Jollyville Road #220-S
Austin, Texas 78759
Phone: 512.478.8080

  • 4 Key Signs That You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
    When you’ve been injured due to the actions, inactions, or behavior of a negligent person or establishment, you might wonder if you should hire a personal injury attorney. The answer is yes, because you’ll need an attorney to work on your behalf to get the compensation that you deserve. It is always in your best …
  • Common Types of 18 Wheeler Truck Accident Injuries
    Most drivers on the road have certain expectations when it comes to automobile accidents. It’s no surprise that accidents involving semi or 18 wheeler commercial trucks can be extremely dangerous. Personal injury lawyers in the Austin area are available to help accident victims deal with a variety of injuries. Even when fully unloaded, semi-trucks are …
  • Why Car Insurance Claims Are Often Denied and How To Avoid It?
    After an auto accident, you probably trust that your insurance company will take care of everything for you. Since you went with a name brand insurance company, pay your premiums each month, and try to drive safely, you haven’t considered looking into a car accident attorney. Sadly, most insurance companies are not your friends. Since …
  • The Process of Personal Injury Claim in Austin, Texas
    Part of the reason the legal process makes so many people anxious is that it’s something they rarely experience, and even when they do, they have a hard time understanding it. This is true in both civil and criminal matters and is one of the key reasons people fear lawyers the way they do. Being …
  • How Can An Attorney Help In A Car Accident Injury Situation?
    Safety is the primary concern of anyone who has been in a car accident in Austin, Texas. Bad decision making after a collision can lead to medical complications, legal jeopardy, financial disaster, and loss of driving privileges or insurance coverage. The outcome could also have a negative impact on your job and family relationships. When …

Tags: , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required