Is There A Difference Between a DUI and DWI?

Differences Between DUI and DWI

In the state of Virginia, both driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated mean the same thing. They are used relatively interchangeably to describe drunk driving.

The similarities end, however, if you are on federal property and face charges within federal court. In regards to Federal law, someone faces a DWI only if he or she has a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater. If that person has a blood alcohol content of less than .08 percent, but greater than .02 percent, he or she may face charges for driving under the influence.

It may also be possible to face concurrent charges for both a DUI and DWI.

You may not only face loss of driving privileges, but possible fines in addition to possible jail time.