What is the difference between a DUI and DWI in New York?

Many states often use the legal terms DUI and DWI interchangeably to refer to drunk driving charges. DUI is an acronym for driving under the influence while DWI refers to driving while intoxicated.

However, legally speaking New York does not use the term DUI. The two main drunk driving offenses in the state are DWI and DWAI. DWAI stands for driving while ability impaired and is specific to the substance impairing the driver, including drugs and/or alcohol.

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