What is the Difference between DUI and DWI in Texas?

Understanding DWI Penalties in Texas

Understanding DWI Penalties in Texas

In Texas, the main difference between DUI and DWI charges pertain to the age of the driver.

  • DUI Charges- These charges fall under the Texas Traffic Code. If an individual is under the age of 21 and driving with any alcohol in their system below the legal limit, they may be charged with a DUI.

  • DWI Charges- These charges fall under the Texas Penal Code. If an individual is over the age of 21 and is driving with blood alcohol content (BAC) over .08, they may be charged with DWI.

Texas DWI penalties depend on a variety of factors such as age, license type, the presence of passengers, and other circumstances. A driver testing 0.15% or more over the legal limit of 0.08% faces more severe penalties for higher BAC.

Common DWI penalties include:

  • Fines and surcharges

  • License suspension or revocation

  • Jail time

  • DWI education and intervention programs

  • Community service

  • Higher rates for car insurance

DUI penalties are often not as serious as DWI penalties in Texas due to the fact that these charges are only issued to minors.

Charges for a DUI may include the following:

  • $500 fine

  • 40 hours of community service

  • Alcohol awareness classes

  • License suspension up to 60 days