The Difference Between DUI and DWI in Texas

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By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

(972) 369-0577

Every state has laws preventing drunk driving.  Some call their laws DWI (driving while intoxicated) and some call it DUI (driving under the influence).  Texas actually has both, but there is a big difference between the two.

DUI – Minors

Only a minor can commit a DUI in Texas.  A DUI is where a person under 21-years of age has consumed any detectible amount of alcohol and is operating a motor vehicle.  A DWI can be committed by anyone (including minors) who do not have the normal use of their mental or physical faculties due to the introduction of drugs, dangerous drugs, or other substances into the body and are operating a motor vehicle.

A DUI is a Class c misdemeanor meaning it is the lowest level offense and it’s typically handed by a justice of the peace or…

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