What terms are used for drunk driving offenses in Washington D.C.?

Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”) and Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”) are considered separate offenses under District of Columbia law.

DWI applies to a person having a statutorily prohibited Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. By contrast, DUI applies to a person having a BAC of 0.07 percent or lower. A driver can be charged with a DUI offense if, in addition to a BAC reading, the officer has other signs of impairment from a structured field sobriety test and from observations of the suspect's driving behavior. Therefore, even at low levels of BAC, you can still be at risk.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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