DUI Violations

DUI has a specific meaning that is different from another similar term: DWI.

If you are caught behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, then you are a driving under the influence (DUI). DUI extends to drivers who are drunk, but also impaired by any illegal substance like cocaine or marijuana. An officer will request sobriety tests to determine how impaired you are. A breath test will quantify exactly how intoxicated from alcohol you are. If you blow over .08 percent (the legal limit across the United States), then you will be charged and arrested for DUI.

A DWI is specifically about alcohol and stands for driving while intoxicated. If the officer detects that you are intoxicated, sobriety tests will be conducted. If you are beyond the legal limit of .08 percent, but no drugs were found, you will be charged with a DWI.

In Oregon, both crimes are viewed with the same strict attitude. A DWI or DUI conviction will result in two days of jail time for a first offender, as well as having to serve 80 hours of community service, pay a fine of $1,000 (minimum) and have their driver's license suspended.