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What is the Difference Between a DUI and DWI in Texas?

Many states have different names for drunk driving charges, sometimes leading to some confusion among drivers. In the state of Texas, there are two separate drunk driving charges. The more common charge, Driving While Intoxicated, is used for adults found over the legal limit of intoxication while operating a motor vehicle. DUI, or Driving Under the Influence, is a less common charge used to penalize minors caught drinking and driving.

If you have been charged with either a DUI or a DWI in Texas, you may be facing strict penalties that can have a permanent impact on your life. To speak with an attorney who is committed to providing each client with a vigorous defense, contact the Houston DUI lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., by calling 713-523-0404 today.

Important DUI/DWI Facts

Because DUI is such a widespread term used across the United States, a person may not understand the full difference between DWI allegations and DUI allegations. However, drivers should know the following differences:

  • DUI charges are filed for minors only
  • A person can be charged with a DUI for any amount of alcohol in their system
  • DUIs are misdemeanors
  • DWI charges are for drivers of the legal drinking age
  • A person can be charged with a DWI for driving over the legal limit of intoxication
  • DWIs can be misdemeanors or felonies

DWI carries penalties severer than those associated with DUI, but both crimes can have long-lasting consequences for a convicted defendant.

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If you been charged with a DWI or have been pulled over for a DUI, we can help. Contact the Houston DWI defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-523-0404.