Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or reckless driving, can all result in serious criminal charges. It does not matter whether this is your first or your fifth serious driving offense. Along with being assigned harsh penalties, it will become a part of a permanent criminal record on you if you are convicted of a criminal driving offense.
Depending on your circumstances, a good traffic lawyer may be able to help you get your charges lessened or even dismissed.
In some states, driving while under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are terms used interchangeably and mean the same thing, whereas in other states they are terms for different charges to address different amounts of alcohol, drugs or other altering substances in a person’s system when they are arrested.
Some states do not use the term DWI at all and overall, not as many states use the term DWI compared to ones that use the term DUI.
A person can be charged with a DUI or a DWI for being under the influence of prescription or over the counter medications, even if they are taking the medication in accordance with their doctor or the manufacturer’s directions.
It is important to seek protection if you or someone you love has been charged with a DUI, DWI, reckless driving, or any moving violation. An affordable traffic ticket lawyer may be able to help get your charges reduced or dismissed.