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WHAT IS DWI?
DWI is a criminal offense that prohibits a person from driving a motor vehicle in a public place while “intoxicated.” The DWI statute does not require the person to be “drunk.” Rather, it only requires that they be “intoxicated,” which is defined as having lost the normal use of either mental or physical faculties OR having a .08 alcohol level in either their breath, blood, or urine. The loss of normal mental or physical faculties must be caused by alcohol, drugs, or a controlled substance.
WHAT IS DUI?
Before 1983, DUI meant driving under the influence of drugs or narcotics, but now it only pertains to minors. In Texas, it is never permissible for minors to have any alcohol in their body and drive. A DUI charge does not require proof of impairment. Rather it only requires a showing that there was a detectable amount of alcohol in their body.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR DWI?
Most DWI convictions result in probated sentences. Probation means that if you receive a penalty of confinement, that you won’t be confined in a county jail; state jail or state penitentiary. You usually have to pay a fine; and suspension of your driver’s license suspension by the court. There are usually other terms and conditions of probation, which you can read here.