DUI stands for driving under the influence. If a minor (a person under 21) drives in a public place with any detectable amount of alcohol in his system, he has committed the offense of DUI. For a first offense, DUI is classified as a Class C misdemeanor (the same level as a traffic ticket). DWI stands for driving while intoxicated. A person, including a minor, commits this offense if he operates a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated. Intoxicated means:
- not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or
- having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.
A first time DWI is classified as a Class B misdemeanor with a possible punishment of up to 6 months in jail and a fine up to $2000.