If you drive in Texas, you should only get behind the wheel when you are sober. If you drive after drinking or doing drugs, you put yourself and everyone else on the road at risk. The state has two different charges you may face if you choose to drive after drinking or using drugs. They are driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated.

According to Guardian Interlock, a DUI and a DWI are similar yet different charges. A DUI is a charge reserved for only specific drivers. It occurs when your alcohol level is under .08, which is the legal limit for those over the age of 21. This charge, though, applies to minors who drive with any alcohol in their system. A DWI, on the other hand, is when you are over the legal BAC limit and over the age of 21.

The penalties for each are similar. You may lose your driver’s license. You will most likely have to pay a fine and other fees associated with going to court. In some cases, you could have to spend time in jail.

Having both a DUI and DWI charge sets the state apart. Most states only have one and it is for drivers who are over the legal BAC limit and for minors at any BAC level. Having two charges allows for minors to face specific charges for driving after drinking since they are not supposed to drink at all. It enables the courts to also hand down appropriate penalties and prevents any confusion between DUI charges and DWI charges. This information is for education. It is not legal advice.