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DUI vs. DWI: Differences and Distinctions

Last updated 7 years ago

It is not uncommon to hear the terms DUI and DWI used interchangeably, and in many states, the two terms are synonymous. In fact, there is no established national definition for either term.

Watch the video below to learn more about the distinctions between a DUI and a DWI. Some states use DUI to refer to minors who drive under the influence of alcohol while others may use the term to refer to drivers under the influence of illegal drugs. One charge may be more severe than the other, depending on which state you are in.

In Colorado, the state recognizes “two levels of alcohol-related driving offenses and both are based on the measurement of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in the body,” explains the DMV. A DUI is a more serious offense and refers to Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol.

What you do in the first seven (7) days after your DUI arrest is critical in protecting your rights and your privilege to drive.

If you’d like more information about a DUI charge, contact The Orr Law Firm. The Orr Law Firm, L.L.C. is the premier DUI defense law firm in Denver and Colorado and focuses exclusively on DUI and criminal traffic defense. Call us today at (720) 279-9588.


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