Technically, DUI means driving under the influence of some type drug. That can mean alcohol, prescriptions, or illegal drugs. DWI means simply driving while intoxicated, 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. According to Hawaii's Vehicle Code §291E-1, under the influence of alcohol means an amount of alcohol sufficient to impair the persons normal mental faculties or ability to care for the person and guard against casualty. Here, the word impair comes into play, and is often associated with the terms intoxicated and influence. For practical purposes, all three terms are interchangeable.
Convicted first time offenders of a DUI in Hawaii can receive jail time, a stiff fine, and license suspension.
Excerpts from a news article entitled Arrests Up for Hawaii DUI in Honolulu and posted on January 20, 2009 on the dui.com website, reads: The Honolulu Police Department has released figures showing an increase in the number of arrests for driving under the influence in Hawaii. Nearly 400 more motorists were charged with suspicion of DUI in Honolulu in 2008 than the previous year. That continues an eight year trend reflective of increased law enforcement efforts. 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 traffic lawyer who can help you understand the subtle differences in the legal jargon of Hawaii law, and who specializes in representing YOUR best interests.