Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) can be used interchangeably in many states. In some others, a DUI and DWI mean slightly different offenses while driving drunk or under the influence of drugs. In Nebraska, DUI and DWI mean that a driver is being charged with a serious offense that puts theirs or someone else’s health and safety at risk. This can apply to alcohol, recreational drugs, and prescription drugs that impair your abilities.
In Nebraska, DUI and DWI are the most common and are used interchangeably like many other states. There are multiple phrases used to describe the illegal act of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- DUI – driving under the influence
- DWI – driving while impaired/intoxicated
- OMWI or OMVWI – operating a motor vehicle while impaired/intoxicated
What is a DUI?
DUI or Driving Under the Influence is an offense that occurs when someone drives with alcohol in their bloodstream. The federal legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit is .8%. But some states charge for BAC levels of 0.1%. A DUI can be charged based on erratic driving, suspected alcohol influence, or a field sobriety test. An officer doesn’t need to check BAC using a breathalyzer.
What is a DWI?
DWI or Driving While Impaired or in some states Driving While Intoxicated generally refers to impaired driving due to drugs – either prescription or recreational. In this case, it is a separate charge from a DUI. In a state where DUI and DWI are separated, a DWI charge is often considered more severe.
Each of these charges can have legal and financial consequences for the driver depending on the state.
The bottom line:
Drinking and driving is never worth the consequences and risks associated. If you plan on drinking, make sure you are responsible and plan a safe way home that doesn’t involve you getting behind the wheel. Remember that it’s never a good idea to drink and drive.
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