DUI stands for driving under the influence. DWI stands for driving while intoxicated. DUI refers to a driver who is operating a vehicle after consuming drugs or alcohol.  In some cases, even prescription drugs qualify. DWI generally refers to a driver under the influence of alcohol.
 
Some states differentiate between DUI and DWI. In these states DUI is a lesser charge signifies a lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
 
The state of Georgia does not differentiate between DUI and DWI. In Georgia the term DUI is used because it encompasses the use of both drugs and alcohol.  A Georgia driver with a BAC of .08 or greater is automatically charged with DUI. However, if a driver’s ability is impaired, he may be charged with Georgia DUI even if he has a BAC lower than .08.
 
Driving under the influence is a misdemeanor in Georgia. Drivers who are charged may lose driving privileges, be fined, or face jail time. However, drivers who cause accidents while under the influence may face felony charges – especially if the accident causes serious injury or death.
 
In addition to criminal charges, victims of Georgia DUI accidents may file civil claims against the drunk driver and his insurance company.  DUI victims may sue for damages including:
 
•    Medical expenses
•    Property damage
•    Loss of income
•    Pain and suffering
•    Wrongful death
 
To learn more about your rights after an DUI crash in Georgia, call Atlanta car accident attorney Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999. 
Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia
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