If you’ve been charged with a DUI or DWI, then you’ll soon realize such a charge can have life-changing consequences. You’ll likely spend some time in jail and will have to pay court costs and fines. Additionally, you may lose your license and your insurance premiums will rise. Finally, you may be required by the court to attend DUI/DWI programs that are designed to help you avoid making such mistakes in the future.

Difference Between a DUI and DWI

Depending on the state, a DUI and DWI can be considered the same thing. DUI stands for “Driving Under the Influence” and DWI stands for “Driving While Intoxicated.” Both terms refer to impaired or drunken driving. Some states will use one term to refer to drunken driving and the other term to refer to driving while under the influence of drugs. It depends on the state as to what each term means. One is not necessarily worse than the other because each means a driver is operating a vehicle while impaired which puts their safety and that of others at risk. A DUI/DWI program can help you understand the choices you made that led to the charge and can reduce the chances that you’ll be a repeat offender.

Effects on License and Insurance Premiums

If you’re charged with a DUI or DWI, your license may be suspended for a year or more. The arresting officer can force you to surrender your license at the time of your arrest. You may be granted restricted driving privileges depending on the circumstances of your case. As a result of the charge and loss of your license, you’ll likely see your insurance premiums increase. Because you’ve demonstrated risky behavior in driving impaired, your risk for an accident increases greatly. Therefore, the insurance company will adjust your premium accordingly.

A dui or dwi charge often means you will be ordered by the court to enter a DUI/DWI program. Such programs are designed to mitigate the chances you’ll be charged with the same crime again in the future. When choosing a program, you should take into consideration the cost of the program, its accreditation and its ability to cooperate with the court. If you’re looking for a program that meets these standards, then contact The Bergand Group.

About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.