What’s the difference between a DWI and a DUI?
Driving While Intoxicated is known as a DWI in New Jersey, while Driving Under the Influence is known as a DUI in New Jersey. In most instances, the two terms are used interchangeably. However, legally speaking, a DUI typically refers to a charge for driving while under the influence of drugs or narcotics. DUI drug offenses are addressed by N.J.S.A. 39:4-50(a) – the same statute that governs DWI alcohol offenses – which imposes severe penalties for DUI offenses. Even a first-time DUI offender will be subject to suspension of their driver’s license for one year, a $500 fine, alcohol education classes at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC), and up to 30 days in the county jail.
It is important to know that New Jersey DUI charges don’t just apply to illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. If you were driving while drowsy because you took an over-the-counter cough syrup, allergy medication, or any other legal prescription medication, you can still be charged with a DUI and face harsh penalties.
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