Difference between DUI and DWI

October 27, 2015 by Editorial Team

DWI is an abbreviation for “driving while intoxicated” and DUI stands for “driving under the influence”.

DUI and DWI are sometimes used interchangeably or, in some states, are considered different crimes. Basically, DUI and DWI are synonymous terms that represent the criminal offense of driving a motor vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of both. Some states have separate offences for DUI, but other states do not have separate offences for DUI and DWI. For example, in the state of Texas there is only DWI. Most often these distinctions depend on breath alcohol concentration or blood alcohol concentration.

There is a little general difference between DUI and DWI and we will discuss it further.



DUI is Driving Under the Influence and DWI is Driving While Intoxicated. DUI (DWI), also known as “drunk driving,” is the act of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs to the degree that the mental skills of a driver are impaired. It is illegal in all jurisdictions within the United States.

DUI is normally fined less than DWI because DUIs usually signify less intoxication. The level of intoxication is determined by a drivers’ blood alcohol content at the time of the arrest procedure.

DUI vs DWI in Texas

There is no difference between DUI and DWI in Texas.

DUI vs DWI in NJ

There is no difference between DUI and DWI in NJ.