1.9.2014

DUI vs. DWI

Written by: The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata

In some states, a DUI is separate from a DWI. A DUI means Driving Under Influence, and is a lesser offense than a DWI, which is Driving While Intoxicated. However, in Nevada, these offences mean the same thing, so don’t expect to get a lighter sentence if you’re only mildly intoxicated while driving.

Nevada has strict drunk driving laws, and it’s never a good idea to drive even if you’re buzzed or don’t think you’ve had too much to drink. The Implied Consent law in Nevada makes it legal for an officer to administer a BAC test, even if you don’t appear intoxicated, and refusing the test is a guaranteed way to get arrested and sentenced.

Also included in a DUI/DWI is driving while under the influence of drugs, both illegal and legal. You’re best chance of avoiding DUI/DWI charges is to either not drive drunk, or to hire a top quality DUI Lawyer in Las Vegas to assist with your case. Being arrested for a DUI is a serious matter that could potentially get your license suspended and force you to pay a large fine and spend some time in jail.

If you have more than one DUI on your record, the suspensions, fees, and jail time become more severe. Do the responsible thing, and drive sober, or have a dependable sober driver when you’re out drinking. While other states may be more lenient, Nevada is tough on offenders, and only an experienced Las Vegas DUI lawyer can help you get a reduced or dropped charge.

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