You are out celebrating your big promotion with some friends, have a few drinks, and get into the car to go home for a nice slumber. You’re king of the world, right? Not so fast. All of a sudden, you see police lights in the rear view mirror, and you are being pulled over for swerving. You are being arrested for DWI facing and possible conviction.
DUI and DWI are essentially the same: DUI stands for “driving under the influence,” and DWI means “driving while intoxicated.” There are two ways in which person can be convicted: either a per se violation or an observation violation. A per se violation is proven when an driver is subjected to a blood alcohol test and their blood alcohol level is found to be .08% or greater. On the other hand, an observational DUI arises through a police officer’s observations of a driver who is suspected of being intoxicated. Those observations usually of erratic driving, blood shot, glassy, or watery eyes, the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, and/or the admission of consumption.
DWI is a very serious offense that can change your life. If convicted of a DWI, a person is subject to penalties such as