DUI, DWI, and Drunk Driving all refer to a class of crimes in Minnesota that make it illegal to drive while impaired by alcohol or other mood-altering substances. In other states, DUI and DWI may refer to separate crimes. However, Minnesota treats them all as Driving While Impaired.
Put simply, a DUI is the crime of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Although there are many specific provisions explaining in detail the elements to be proven, most DUI offenses require two things: 1) intoxication or impairment and 2) driving conduct.
DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. In Minnesota, it refers to the class of driving while impaired crimes.
DWI stands for Driving While Impaired. Like DUI, it refers to the class of driving while impaired crimes in Minnesota.
In Minnesota there is no difference between the terms. They all refer equally to the set of crimes that make driving while impaired illegal.
For someone charged with a DWI, the general term (DUI, DWI, or Drunk Driving) is not particularly informative. What matters is the specific charge and provision that is alleged on the complaint. This information can help answer additional questions, such as: Can I be charged with a DWI if I wasn’t driving? What sentence will I likely receive? What defenses do I have for a DWI?
DWIs can cause immense stress. They can put your job and financial situation in jeopardy. Because of the stakes, it is important to retain an experience drunk driving attorney who can guide you through the process and ensure that you receive the best result available. If you are charged with a DWI, call attorney Eric Rice at (651) 998-9660 for a no-obligation free consultation.