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Illinois DUI attorneySocial gatherings can be a great way to bring people together. If there is alcohol involved at the social gathering, then whoever decides to partake will need to make prior arrangements to get home safely, in order to avoid legal issues involving drinking and driving. There is a common misconception that Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) are the exact same. While the description of each charge is very similar, there are some differences. Both the DUI and DWI have undesired consequences that could cost the offender his or her driving privileges, quality of life, and even up-and-coming career opportunities.

What Is the Difference Between a DUI and a DWI?

The terms DUI and DWI are often misunderstood, as many believe that these charges are the exact same. However, the term “DUI” is an acronym that stands for “Driving Under the Influence.” The term “DWI” is an acronym that stands for “Driving While Intoxicated.”

In states that classify the DUI and DWI separately, the DUI is the less serious crime of the two. At the time of arrest, the level of impairment is determined when a field sobriety test is administered. If a person is charged with a DUI, then the degree of impairment is less than that of a DWI.

Does Illinois Classify a DUI and a DWI?

Illinois is a Zero Tolerance State. Because of this status, there is no distinction between a DUI and a DWI, and any blood alcohol content (BAC) of over 0.08, the legal limit, is automatically a crime.

Illinois also prohibits any person under the age of 21 from consuming alcohol, because of the Zero Tolerance status. If anyone under 21 is found drinking and driving, he or she can expect some very serious consequences that will need to be faced.

Contact Your DuPage County DUI Defense Attorney

No one wants to face a night in jail after spending a great day with loved ones. That is why it is important to know about the consequences of drinking and driving. Even though DUI and DWI charges are very similar, there are some differences with each charge as well. If you have been charged with either, you are not alone. Attorney Michael F. McMahon has over 25 years of experience representing in many DUI cases. To schedule your free initial consultation, please call an experienced DuPage County DUI attorney at (630) 953-4400 to get the help you deserve.

 

Sources:

http://www.duivsdwi.org/

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