Is There a Difference Between DUI and DWI?

In New Jersey, one often hears reference to two terms, DUI and DWI, that are commonly used and can create confusion if not clearly understood.

DUI stands for ‘driving under the influence’ and DWI stands for ‘driving while intoxicated’. In some states these or similar terms might signify two separate and distinct charges that carry different associated penalties while in other states there is no difference at all and both terms refer to the same charge.

New Jersey does not distinguish the two. Both terms refer to an offense under statute 39: 4-50. It really doesn’t matter which term an officer writes down as long as the charge is written under “39: 4-50”. As a regular citizen, these are the kinds of facts that you may not be aware of but your attorney specializes in details, which is just one of the reasons why your first call should be to hire legal representation when facing such charges. You may not think you need legal help but their job is to work hard on your behalf and get the lowest possible sentence or to get you exonerated completely. This can happen based on a violation of your rights, break in due process or even based on the equipment that was used to test your blood alcohol level. DUI lawyers are the experts in this area of the law and when you work with them then they can do their job and give you the best possible chance of success in the courtroom. There are many laws that you may not be familiar with so trying to defend your own case in court is always a bad idea and even worse if English is not your first language.

Getting arrested is a stressful and emotional experience so when you make that first call to ask for help with New Jersey DUI Laws , I am told by my clients that there is an immediate sense of security and calm when you speak to me.

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