Technically, DUI means driving under the influence of some type drug. That can mean alcohol, prescriptions, or illegal drugs. DWI means simply driving while impaired, and in many states, refers to the use of alcohol. The use of the terms can be interchangeable but DWI usually refers more to the severity the drug has metabolized within the offending person’s body called the blood alcohol content (BAC). Another term sometimes used by Rhode Island is OUI, which simply means operating under the influence of any kind of drug. Rhode Island’s DWI Code is found in §31-27-2, §31-27-3.
Convicted first time offenders can receive jail sentences, stiff fines, an order to work in community service, driver’s license suspension, and an order to attend a driving while intoxicated course. The conviction, even a first time conviction, stays on your record permanently as a criminal record.
Taken from the Rhode Island State Government in Providence, an article, dated June 05, 2008, reads: STATE HOUSE – The Senate today approved one of four bills introduced this year by Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick) intended to strengthen the state’s drunk driving laws and get tougher on repeat offenders.”
Whatever term you refer to drinking and driving or drunk driving, states are clamping down on these type traffic violations. When you face these kinds of charges, it is no time to handle your case all by yourself. You need an attorney who specializes in such cases. Contact DUIAttorneyHome.com to help you get in contact with a DUI lawyer who can help you understand the subtle differences in the legal jargon of (state) law, and who specializes in representing YOUR best interests.