How Does Impaired Driving or DWI Differ from DUI?

Impaired Driving Is Typically A Reduced form of DUI

Impaired driving and its consequences

Impaired driving is the term given to a plea agreement, which is a step down from a DUI.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence in the state of Utah, you may be able to reduce the charges to the lesser offense of impaired driving.  Impaired driving charges, also known as DWI, are made available to courts and prosecutors as a negotiation tool to potentially lessen the penalty on some first-time offenders and/or other cases deemed less serious.  A reduction to this charge is only possible through a negotiated plea agreed upon by the prosecution and approved by the court.

If an individual is able to negotiate a plea of impaired driving, and avoid the greater charges of DUI, he will be able to lessen the impact on his criminal and driving records.  That individual will also be able to avoid the mandatory minimum sentences that come with a DUI.  Additionally, whereas a DUI requires the suspension of a person’s license, impaired driving convictions do not result in the same mandatory suspension of one’s driver’s license.  Without mandatory penalties, a defendant will have more latitude to negotiate a lighter penalty.

Attorneys Who Understand Utah DUI Laws

Impaired driving charges are an example of the varying outcomes that may result from unique cases of driving under the influence.  As with all other areas of criminal defense, your fate is not determined at the moment you are charged with a crime.  Diligent and competent representation can make all the difference in protecting your rights and ensuring your fair treatment.  We’ll see you through the entire legal process.  We have been there before, can help you anticipate and prepare for each step, and will provide you with a zealous defense.

DUI laws differ from state to state.  Furthermore, although the laws and procedures are the same throughout Utah, each judge and prosecutor is unique.  Our attorneys know the local law, and have vast experience within the Utah courts.  This specified experience and knowledge can be an invaluable asset to you, an asset that you should seek when your future is on the line.

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