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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DWI AND DUI?



Clients usually misunderstand the terms DUI and DWI and often ask me, an experienced DWI lawyer in New Orleans, Louisiana, what is the difference between DUI and DWI. DUI stands for “driving under the influence” while DWI means “driving while intoxicated.” DWI is the term used in Louisiana while DUI is used in other states. In other words, the difference between DUI and DWI in very simple:   Louisiana only uses the term DWI, and not the term DUI.


OWI is still another term that is similar to DWI and DUI. OWI refers to “operating while intoxicated.” Whether the term DWI, DUI, or OWI is used, each term refers to laws enacted by states that are designed to reduce the dangers imposed by impaired or drunk driving. These laws punish motorists who operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


Driving a motor vehicle is an intricate activity that requires alertness, divided, yet wide-ranging attention, concentration, eye-hand-foot coordination, and the ability to process visual, auditory, and kinesthetic information quickly. Because alcohol and drugs can hamper a driver’s tracking skills, attention, signal detection, hazard perception, reaction time, concentration, and hand-eye coordination,  DWI, DUI, and OWI laws make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated.


If you have been accused of a DWI or another crime, contact experienced DWI and criminal defense attorney Gaynell Williams today at (504) 302-2462 for a free, no obligation consultation. Evenings and weekend sessions are available by appointment. We will work around your schedule. New Orleans criminal lawyer Gaynell Williams, L.L.C. has offices in Gretna and Downtown New Orleans by appointment only to serve victims of auto accidents, work related accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.


This information has been provided for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. Please consult your attorney in connection with any specific situation under federal and/or Louisiana law and the applicable state or local laws that may impose additional obligations on you and/or your family member. © 2020 Gaynell Williams LLC Attorney at Law.

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