? asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

What's the difference between a DUI & a DWI?

16 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    They're the same thing. In some states, they say DUI. In others, they say DWI.

  • 5 years ago


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  • 1 decade ago

    Under the influence or while intoxicated. A question of semantics and state laws. DUI is DWI for all practical purposes including whether you are drunk, stoned, or simply fxxxed up.

  • Ryan R
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    "DUI" means "driving under the influence," and "DWI" means "driving while intoxicated." Both terms mean the same thing. In some places, such as here in Maine, you have "OUI," which means "operating under the influence." Again, the terms mean the same thing.

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  • 1 decade ago

    driving under the influnce (DUI)

    Driving while Intoxocated ( DWI)

    Im pretty sure DUI AND DWI are the same things i could be wrong

  • Joy M
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    DUI - "Driving Under the Influence" can mean that someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    DWI - "Driving While Intoxicated" typically refers to just alcohol.

    However, the two are essentially interchangeable, different police departments would use different terms.

  • 1 decade ago

    DUI stands for driving under the influence and usually involves drugs while DWI stands for driving while intoxicated and generally refers to alcohol

  • 1 decade ago

    DWI is, for the most part, driving while intoxicated on alcohol and DUI is driving under the influence which is any mind altering drug, even NyQuil, alcoholic drinks also would fall into this category, so the terms are sometimes interchanged, not always correctly.

  • Rich B
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    DUI is the official terminology while DWI was more of a slang term. Same thing, different terminology.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    driving under the influence (DUI)

    n. commonly called "drunk driving," it refers to operating a motor vehicle while one's blood alcohol content is above the legal limit set by statute, which supposedly is the level at which a person cannot drive safely. State statutes vary as to what that level is, but it ranges from .08 to .10 for adults, which means a 8/100ths to one-tenth of one percent by weight of alcohol to the weight of blood. This is translated into grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood in tests of blood or urine sample, or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of air in a "breathalizer" test. A combination of the use of alchol and narcotics can also be "under the influence" based on erratic driving. Driving on private property such as a parking lot is no defense, but sitting in a non-moving vehicle without the ignition on probably is (sometimes resulting in a charge of "drunk in and about a vehicle"). This is a misdemeanor and is variously referred to as DUI, driving while intoxicated (DWI), drunk driving, or a "deuce".

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