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.
In Illinois, a person charged with DUI faces two different cases, one before the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) concerning their driver's license which requires an administrative hearing, and the actual accusation for a DUI may require a court case, traffic case, criminal case, or ticket.
Convictions for first time offenders can include heavy fines, jail sentences, DUI school, license suspension, and community service.
According to HG.org, located in Chicago,Effective January 1, 2009, the judicial driving permit, a hardship license formerly granted to first offenders is abolished for all arrestees on or after 1-1-09. 625 ILCS 5/6-206.1 makes several substantial changes to the implied consent laws. 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. We are here to help you get in contact with a lawyer who can help you understand the subtle differences in the legal jargon of Illinois law, and who specializes in representing YOUR best interests.