DUI & DWAI Defense Attorneys

The dif­fer­ence between a DUI (dri­ving under the influ­ence) and a DWAI (dri­ving while abil­ity impaired) is the degree of intox­i­ca­tion.  A DUI means unable to drive safely and, if 21 or older, is trig­gered by a BAC of .08%. If you are under 21, how­ever, a DUI is trig­gered by a BAC of .02%.  On the other hand, a DWAI means less able than nor­mal to drive safely and, if 21 or older, is trig­gered by a BAC of .05%.  The fol­low­ing chart pro­vides an esti­mated BAC based on a hypo­thet­i­cal person’s weight and num­ber of alco­holic bev­er­ages consumed:

Weight Num­ber of Drinks(1 drink = 12 fl oz beer; 5 fl oz glass of wine; 1.5 fl oz shot of liquor)


RED= Legally Drunk Driver

GREEN= Impaired Driver


Depend­ing on the cir­cum­stances of your case, a DUI or DWAI may have severe con­se­quences, includ­ing hefty fines, manda­tory jail time, driver’s license sus­pen­sion, increased insur­ance rates, sub­stan­tial com­mu­nity ser­vice hours, and main­tain­ing or obtain­ing employ­ment or pro­fes­sional licen­sure. The penal­ties for a DUI or DWAI increase when the offender has prior alco­hol and/or drug-related dri­ving offenses. Cer­tain aggra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances that, if present at the time of the offense, will increase the penalty assessed fol­low­ing a con­vic­tion. These cir­cum­stances include includ­ing dri­ving with­out a valid license, not car­ry­ing insur­ance, an acci­dent result­ing in seri­ous bod­ily harm or death, exceed­ingly high BAC, or chil­dren in the car at the time of the offense.

Pro­tect Your Rights | Con­tact The Firm

Our team of trial lawyers will ensure that your case is resolved on the facts and law rather than ques­tion­able police tac­tics or overzeal­ous dis­trict attor­neys.  After a care­ful analy­sis of your case, our attor­neys will strate­gize to deter­mine your best defense.  This includes, but is not lim­ited to, chal­leng­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the ini­tial stop, i.e., the rea­son you were pulled over was ille­gal; the field sobri­ety test, which you have a right to refuse; or the blood or breath tests, which must be con­ducted by the police offi­cer using strict procedures.