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What are a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and a DUI (Driving Under the Influence)?

Answer

You may be charged with a DWI if you drive while intoxicated or while you have a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater.

You may be charged with a DUI if you are under 21 and drive while you have a blood alcohol content of .02 and less than .08. If you are under 21 and your blood alcohol is .08 or higher you will be charged with a DWI. DWI 1st through 3rd offenses are misdemeanors and DUI offenses are misdemeanors.

This office prosecutes all misdemeanor DWI's: 1st offense through 3rd offense. If you receive a 4th DWI within 5 years the DWI is automatically a felony which will be prosecuted by the Washington County Prosecutor's Office.