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DUI or DWAI: what is the difference?

On Behalf of | Aug 13, 2015 | Drunk Driving |

DUI, also known as driving under the influence, means that you operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. In the state of Colorado, the legal blood alcohol limit is .08.

DWAI, also known as driving while ability impaired, is similar to DUI. However, it is important to note that this is a lesser charge. In Colorado, you can be charged with this crime if you operated a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level between .05 and .079. Even if your ability to drive was only impaired by a slight degree, you can still be charged with this crime. For this reason, it is very easy to get a DWAI.

Consequences of a DUI conviction can include up to one year in jail, fines, and court costs. Along with this, community service and alcohol classes are required.

DWAI conviction penalties are similar, with a possibility of six months in jail, along with fines and court costs. Just the same as a DUI, community service and alcohol classes are required.

As a driver in the state of Colorado, you must understand the difference between DUI and DWAI. Even if your blood alcohol level has not reached .08, you can still be pulled over and charged with a serious crime that can change your life forever.

If you or a loved one have been charged with DUI or DWAI, you need to understand your rights and what this could mean to your future. Our website is full of advice, information, and professional guidance. You can learn more by reviewing our “DWAI/DUI FAQ’s” webpage.


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