To begin, DWI stands for Driving While Impaired; DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. While the correct legal term for impaired driving in North Carolina is Driving While Impaired (DWI), there is no practical difference between it and Driving Under the Influence (DUI), or one of the many other terms used to describe impaired driving, including the following.

  • Driving While Impaired (DWI)
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Impaired (OMVI)
  • Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI)
  • Operating While Impaired (OWI)
  • Operating While Intoxicated
  • Operating Under the Influence (OUI)
  • Drunk Driving
  • Drugged Driving
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Regardless of what you called it, being convicted of DWI in Charlotte, North Carolina indicates that you drove a motor vehicle while you were impaired by some impairing substance. It is not necessary for the impairing substance to be alcohol as some of the terms above would indicate (i.e. Driving While Intoxicated, Operating While Intoxicated, or Drunk Driving). In fact, it is possible to be convicted of DWI when you are impaired by a substance other than alcohol, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, and prescription medications. Thus, the term Driving While Impaired, or DWI for short, was created to include any and all substances that a person may consume that might impair their ability to drive.

If you've been convicted of DWI in North Carolina, contact the attorneys of Browning & Long, PLLC at 980-224-4482 to set up a free consultation.

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Howard W. Long, II
Charlotte Criminal Defense and DWI Lawyer