When it comes to understanding the legal intricacies of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges, it’s crucial to recognize that in Missouri, these two terms are often used interchangeably.
In Missouri, both charges involve someone who is alleged to be driving while under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Following are some of the nuances of DWI and DUI charges, which can help shed light on how the state’s legal system treats these offenses.
Generally, a DUI charge involves a driver operating a vehicle with alcohol in their bloodstream. The federal and state legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit for adult drivers is 0.08%. Please note that traffic officers can arrest someone for DUI when they suspect a driver’s erratic driving behavior is due to alcohol influence even if the driver doesn’t test over the legal limit.
In contrast, a DWI charge is used for drivers operating automobiles under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. That said, it’s important to note that in Missouri, the penalties for those convicted of these offenses are typically the same.
However, the state has a separate charge known as DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) that is used only for drivers alleged to be operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs of any kind (legal or illegal).
Ultimately, each of the charges discussed above involves drivers who are alleged to have exhibited dangerous behavior on the roadways. Regardless of which one you’re facing, it’s wise to have legal guidance to protect your rights and work toward the best outcome.