traffic_ipimageEvery year in Colorado, approximately 30,000 people are arrested for intoxication behind the wheel. Yet, depending on the degree of intoxication, drivers can either be charged with the more serious DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or a DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired), but what’s the difference between the two?

Here’s a brief explanation of DUI vs. DWAI from experienced DUI attorneys:

A DUI refers to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. To be found guilty, the motorist must have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.8 or higher or be found to be greatly incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle. Under Colorado law, a DWAI is defined as driving a vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs that affect your physical or mental abilities to even the slightest degree. You could be charged with a DWAI even if your BAC is less than 0.8.

DUIs and DWAIs aren’t the only traffic violations to be mindful of. If you’ve been charged with a violation such as reckless driving, speeding, or driving under a suspended license, there are a number of potential problems you could face that require a lawyer’s expertise. Your driver’s license could be suspended, your insurance rates might be significantly increased, and if you’ve had multiple traffic violations, you could even be deemed a Colorado Habitual Traffic Offender, which denies you the privilege of operating a motor vehicle for up to five full years.

If you’ve already been arrested and charged, or if you suspect you’re being investigated and charges are forthcoming, hire a DUI lawyer at the Law Office of Warren D. Price.

With years of experience, Attorney Price knows what’s at stake for you and will work zealously to safeguard your rights and provide you with the best possible defense.


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