DWI Arrest

Drunk Driving & DWI conviction

DUI and DWI Arrest

DWI stands for driving while intoxicated, which would apply anyone who drives the registered vehicles on the road. Usually intoxication happens when a person drinks alcohol or any kind of mind-altering substances like illegal or prescribed drugs. In most countries including U.S, they have already enacted DWI laws that prohibit people from driving on the road if they have consumed a certain amount of alcohol or any of these drugs prior to driving. Usually there is a limit of how much a normal driver can drink and if not followed then there will be a DWI arrest by a law enforcement officer consequently.

In some states where they have different jurisdictions, the DWI refers to the same meaning of DUI therefore there is no actual difference. In others, DWI refers to only drunk driving state while DUI is only related to driving after mind-altering substances were taken.

As a driver you can always be stopped by the police officer and pulled over for the DWI arrest, if the driving was not following the rules and regulations on the road and especially highways, such as excessive speeding or weaving between the lanes. The officer has legitimate rights to pull any driver for suspicious driving behaviors. Typically they will give you a field sobriety test on the spot to evaluate your mind status and physical abilities to see if it was adequate for driving conditions. Other tests can include blood or urine test along with breathalyzer test. If you resist any of above tests, then the result will be DWI arrest in many jurisdictions.

Once the test is taken and the result turns out to be positive, the officer will take the driver into custody and put him or her into the police station until they are picked up by another person such as friend or family member. Also the driver’s license will be suspended temporarily and the vehicle will be impounded for a certain period of time. After a DWI arrest, the driver will have to make a court appearance where they create a new court case and a judge and jury will review it.
If you have had any related violations in the past, a DWI arrest can have significant consequences for the 2nd or 3rd convictions. It will be considered as a critical criminal offense and the records will be kept for the lifetime in some jurisdictions. Losing the driver’s license and attending the driver education programs and alcohol therapy will be followed accordingly.

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