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What is the difference between “DWI” and “DUI”?

While the terms are used interchangeably by people discussing drunk driving,  technically speaking ,”DUI” no longer exists in Minnesota statutes.

The drunk driving statute in Minnesota was originally entitled, “Driving While Intoxicated” (DWI). The legislature, however, felt that this placed an inordinate burden upon the state to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and so the statutory name was changed to “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI).

In January 2001, the legislature decided that “Driving Under the Influence” was still too difficult to prove, so they changed the statutory term to “Driving While Impaired” (DWI).

So while DUI technically no longer exists, the term is still used interchangeably with DWI.

Contact Minnesota DWI Lawyer F. T. Sessoms:

If you have been arrested for a Minnesota DWI, please call Minnesota DWI Lawyer F. T. Sessoms at (612) 344-1505 for answers to all of your Minnesota DWI questions.