What Is DUI, DWI, and OWI in DC and What Are the Penalties?

DUI, DWI, and OWI are acronyms for various drunk driving legal charges. DUI stands for “Driving Under the Influence,” while DWI represents “Driving While Intoxicated,” and OWI means “Operating While Impaired.”

Being charged and convicted with these offenses can produce negative consequences, as Washington DC does not take these offenses lightly. As a result it is advisable to contact an experienced attorney to provide you with legal assistance when facing any of these charges.

In this article, we will take a closer look at DUI, DWI, and OWI in DC, including the potential penalties for them. This will give you a clue of what to expect when charged with any of these offenses.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Its Penalties

Driving under the influence (DUI) refers to the crime of operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or taking drugs. In DUI cases, the police will investigate to find out if a driver is guilty by conducting a series of tests.

These include observation, blood/urine tests, or sobriety tests. The sobriety test involves the police speaking to a driver to discover any sign of intoxication.

In some cases, it may be difficult to prove a DUI. But, to get results, officers carry out proper scrutiny of a driver’s actions and statements at the time of the arrest. Consequently, when a driver is found guilty of a DUI, they are likely to face severe penalties.

The punishments for a DUI charge varies based on the circumstances of the case. For instance, a first-time offender may risk spending 180 days in jail and a fine of $1000. A person who is being convicted for the second time could spend up to a year in jail and pay a fine ranging from $2500-$5000.

In a case where a driver is found guilty of a DUI offense for the third time, this could attract having to spend a year in jail and paying a fine of $2500- $10,000.

Furthermore, a driver convicted of a DUI offense could have their driver’s license revoked. The first DUI offense may lead to a driver’s license being revoked for 6 months, while the second might be up to 1 year. The third DUI crime could result in a 2 years revocation of a driver’s license.

A DUI offense that leads to death or injury might cause a driver’s license to be permanently revoked.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Its Penalties

DWI has to do with driving or operating a vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher. If found guilty of DWI, a person stands to face the exact penalties of a DUI.

However, in a scenario where the BAC is at .20%, the driver will get a mandatory additional 5 days’ jail time. For drivers with a BAC of at least .25%, they will have to serve an additional mandatory jail time of 10 days while 0.30% gets 15 days’ jail time.

Also, the age of the driver can determine the severity of the punishment. Drivers under the age of 21 should not have a measurable amount of BAC.

Operating While Intoxicated and Its Penalties

The OWI is a type of drunk driving offense. In an OWI case, a driver can still get charged even if their BAC is lower than the minimum level of intoxication, which is 0.08%. This is because of the District of Columbia’s strict rules when it comes to drinking and driving. Often, OWI charges are levied against drivers under the age of 21 but this is not a certainty.

However, the penalties for OWI are more lenient than those for DUI and DWI. A driver who is charged with OWI for the first time is likely to serve a jail time of up to 90 days and pay a fine of $500. They may also lose their driver’s license for 6 months.

When charged the second time, a driver may have to serve a jail time of 5 days up until a year and may also pay a fine of $1000-$2500. Also, they may have their license revoked for 1 year.

In a case where a driver is charged for the third time, they could spend 10 days to 1 year in jail and also pay a fine of $1000-$5000. Furthermore, they could lose their driver’s license for about 2 years.

Contact the Law Office of Jacqueline Williams for Help

Whether you are facing charges of DUI, DWI, or OWI, the punishments for any are quite unpleasant. That is why you will need an attorney capable of representing your best interest. This will ensure that you get the best result possible.

The Law Office of Jacqueline Williams is well experienced in the area of rendering legal assistance regarding criminal and traffic laws. Due to her years of handling cases with these charges, Attorney Williams knows what the prosecution will do and how to defend you. Contact the office today for help throughout the entire legal process.

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