What's the difference between DUI, DWI, and DWAI in Colorado?


What's the difference between DUI, DWI, and DWAI in Colorado?

Colorado DUI laws or Colorado DWAI laws depending on the circumstances. DUI is a more serious offense than DWAI. Police do not care if you are only slightly impaired; if you give them any reason to believe you are driving while intoxicated, you could be arrested and charged with either a DUI, DWI, or DWAI. What is the difference between the three?

Definition of DUI and DWAI

DUI is short for “driving under the influence” of alcohol or drugs. DWAI is short while “driving while ability impaired” from alcohol or drugs.

Drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher are typically charged with DUI, whether or not they are driving safely. Driving with a BAC of at least .08% is per se illegal in Colorado.

Meanwhile, drivers pulled over with a BAC of less than .08% but at least .05% are typically charged with DWAI. Police have sufficient grounds for arrest as long as the driver’s ability to drive was at least slightly impaired by drugs or alcohol.

 It takes far less to charge someone with a DWAI because it is a lesser offense. Be that as it may, if charged with DWAI, you could still end up spending time behind bars, have to pay a fine, and have restrictions put on your driving privileges.

Defend yourself

It doesn’t matter if you find yourself facing a DUI or DWAI, you can and should defend yourself even if you think it isn’t a big deal. Why? It may be a bigger deal than you think. The consequences if convicted can have a significant impact on your life, both in the short and long term.


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