Question: Can you explain the difference between a DUI and a DWI charge in Oklahoma?
Answer: Oklahoma is one of the, in the minority of states that recognizes a DWI. It’s often referred to as a “Baby DUI.” That means that person has tested between .06 and .07; .08 and above would be considered a DUI. Now, there are some states that will flip that commutation—I know Texas, for instance, uses DWI as the big charge. Oklahoma uses DUI as the main charge or the above .08. But the main difference is the reading that a person gives on a breath sample. Now, there is definitely difference in punishment between the two, also: the DWI carries lesser punishment and it is not what we refer to as a predicate, meaning that it is not a charge that would be harmful to you in the future as a DUI could be.
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