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Learning the Law: The Difference Between DUI and DWI

Posted by Amy Morell | Feb 28, 2013

Facing a drunk driving charge is overwhelming.

If you've been charged with a DUI or DWI, you may be confused about exactly what these terms mean. When you're defending yourself from a DUI or DWI charge, you may feel as though no one will defend you, or fear that you'll become a pariah. An experienced DUI attorney can help you beat the charges or mitigate the penalties, and get your life back on the right track.

Know the law in your state.

In most states, there is no distinction between DUI and DWI. DUI charges are not exclusively alcohol related. California does not distinguish mind-altering drugs from alcohol in DUI cases. Illegal drugs, prescriptions, and over-the-counter drugs are all potential causes for a DUI charge. California driving law recognizes a DUI as a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. However, you can still get a DUI with a lower BAC under certain circumstances. There are multiple degrees of DUI charges in California, and these vary depending on BAC and previous offenses.

Know what you can carry.

Possession of opened, unsealed, or empty alcohol containers in certain parts of your vehicle is illegal, and can lead to DUI charges which require the aid of a DUI Attorney. Any open container of alcohol in your vehicle is illegal unless it is in the trunk or a part of the car that does not seat passengers. It is also illegal to carry alcohol in your glove box.

Know who can help.

If you have been charged with any charge related to driving under the influence, a DUI lawyer can help you understand the charges and properly advise you. Amy Morell Law has over 15 years of experience in DUI defense and can help you fight your criminal charges. For more information, visit our website or call us at (510)293-9440

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Amy Morell

Morell Law Office is 100% devoted to defending people accused of DUI in courts and DMV hearings in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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