Many times we work with clients who are facing serious traffic charges and have a lot of questions. One common question we field is concerning DUIs and DWIs. Clients want to know if there is a difference between them and if either one carries stiffer penalties. The short answer is although they are similar, they may be treated differently depending on where the charges stem from.
In Virginia, both driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving while intoxicated can basically be used interchangeably. This, however is not always the case.
If you are on federal property and face charges within federal court, you may be facing a different set of penalties and consequences. In regards to Federal law, someone faces a DWI only if he or she has a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater. If that person has a blood alcohol content of less than .08 percent, but greater than .02 percent, he or she may face charges for driving under the influence.
You may be able to face both DUI and DWI charges at the same time. It is crucial you have retained the counsel of an experienced Virginia drunk driving defense attorney who is ready to fight on your behalf. If convicted you may lost driving privileges, be charged fines and even be order to serve time in jail.
All drunk driving charges are serious and may follow you around for life. You need an experienced team who can fight for your freedom. Call now for your free, initial consultation with our experienced Virginia drunk driving attorneys.