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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Differences between DWI and DUI

17 Aug Blog | Comments

Although DWI, driving while intoxicated, and DUI, driving under the influence, are often interchanged, they are two different offenses. Driving while intoxicated refers to alcohol, while driving under the influence refers to any type of drug, including alcohol, prescription drugs and illegal drugs.

When a motorist has been charged for either offense in California they will be responsible for two different cases. One is a court case, and the other case is through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If the motorist does not contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to request a hearing within 10 days after the traffic stop in which they were charged for a DWI/DUI their license will automatically be suspended.

In California there are two different statutes filed against defendants charged with DWI/DUI. CVC section 23252 is the first count, which states the legal standard for being under the influence is someone “unable to drive their car with the same caution characteristic of a sober person, of ordinary prudence, under the same or similar circumstances.” The second count is CVC section 23252, which is concerned with the blood alcohol content (BAC) of the driver. If the drivers blood alcohol content (BAC) is higher than .08 they will automatically be charged with driving while intoxicated, regardless of how well they were driving. The penalties vary from state to state. In California, the penalties can include community service, license suspension, jail sentences, vehicle impounded, ignition interlock device, DUI school, probation, and heavy fines.

Driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence can end up costing motorists a lot of time and money. The state of California has made it a priority to make the laws against drunk driving tougher and tougher every year. They have lowered the blood alcohol content level needed to trigger ignition interlock devices and also made DUI school mandatory for those on probation that get a DUI/DWI. These consequences are implemented to save lives. Having to pay high defense fees, court cost and other fees are to convince drivers not to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Keeping this in mind could save your life or the life of someone else.

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