DC DUI _ Traffic Law FAQs
DUI _ DWI
What is a Victim Impact Panel in a Washington, DC DUI Case?
What is a Notice of Proposed Suspension in Washington, DC DUI Cases?
How much are the legal defense fees for Drunk Driving?
How soon should I call an attorney after being arrested for a DUI?
What is the difference between DUI, DWI, and OWI?
The first is Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). The government is required to prove, through the use of blood or urine tests, that a driver operated, or had control of, a motor vehicle while having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams per deciliter of blood. The government is not required to prove that driver was actually suffering any type of impairment.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a charged that requires the prosecution to prove that the defendant operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating alcohol or drugs and that his or her ability to drive was impaired. The government can use a variety of methods including observation, Field Sobriety Test scores, or blood or urine tests.
Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) requires the government to prove that the defendant operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of any amount of alcohol but is not required to show that the defendant was impaired in any way. This charge carries the lightest penalty. It is also not recognized in many other states, so it may not result in a loss of license for some out of state drivers. For those drivers, they are not allowed to drive in the District of Columbia. For a DC license holder, all driving privileges may be suspended
What should I do if I get stopped by the police?
- Pull over as soon as you can safely do so and come to a complete stop.
- Lower your window completely and stay in the car.
- Place your hands on the wheel and never take them out of site.
This will make the officer feel more comfortable when approaching the car which makes it much safer for you. Don’t forget that police officers have been killed in routine traffic stops, so they have a reason to be cautious. Always be polite to the officers, but you have a constitutional right to remain silent. It may be best to do so. Always have your driver’s license and proof of insurance easily accessible. It is not only safer but you can fail a “divided attention” sobriety test for failing to locate them in a timely manner.