What is the difference between DUI and DWI?
DUI is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You can be charged with DUI even if your blood alcohol level was below the legal limit if law enforcement officers believe that your driving was impaired. DWI is driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more within two hours of driving. That means, that when you took the intoxylizer test, your reading was over the legal limit.
DUI/DWI can happen to anyone. Not only will you face criminal charges, but the state will revoke your license. There are two sides to every DUI/DWI: criminal and civil. The criminal side involves facing a conviction; the civil side is all about your license. Thankfully Catherine Turner can help you in both arenas. You have a right to challenge not only the legality of the stop, breath test, and criminal charge, but also the state’s revocation of your license.
If you have been charged with DUI/DWI, it is important to call Catherine right away. You only have 30 days to challenge the revocation of your license. She can help you file your petition on time and represent you through both the criminal and civil processes. She has experience trying DUI/DWI cases and isn’t afraid to stand up to the cops and prosecutors that want to take your license and send you to jail.
DWI/DUI is enhanceable. That means that the consequences increase with each subsequent conviction. If you get 4 DUI/DWI convictions in 10 years, you will be charged with a felony. However, if this is your first DWI/DUI, it will be charged as a misdemeanor, unless there are aggravating factors making it a gross misdemeanor, such as having a blood alcohol level of .2 or more, or having a young child in the car when stopped.
Also, you should be aware that refusing to take a breath test can lead to greater charges and having your license revoked for up to a year.
There is so much to know about DWI/DUI. If you are charged with DWI/DUI, or want to know more about the charge and/or its consequences, don’t hesitate to contact Catherine Turner. She is an experienced, knowledgeable defense attorney that will explain all details to you and advocate on your behalf until the criminal and civil cases are settled.
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