DUI vs DWI – What’s the difference?
“What’s the difference between “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI) and “Driving While Intoxicated” (DWI) in New Jersey?”
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What’s the difference between DUI and DWI in New Jersey?
Answer: Believe it or not, there is no such thing as DUI in new Jersey. DUI is an acronym for “Driving Under the Influence”. DWI stands for “Driving While Intoxicated”. Technically, you could drive “under the influence” of drugs or alcohol just as you could “drive while intoxicated” on drugs or alcohol. Since these terms mean basically the same thing, the state of New Jersey decided to prosecute every type of “influence” or “intoxication” under the same statute: N.J.S.A 39:4-50.
This is the New Jersey DWI statute. There is no New Jersey DUI statute. If you were smoking marijuana and driving, it’s a DWI. If you were drinking and eating prescription drugs, it’s a DWI. Any form of intoxicant that will result in the impairment of your driving results in a DWI charge.
Driving under the influence is simply the most commonly used term to reference these charges around the country.