There’s really not much of a difference between DWI and a DUI. DWI means driving while intoxicated while DUI means driving under the influence. In some states both terms are interchangeable while in others everything is recognized as a DUI. A DWI charge means you’re driving under the influence of alcohol while a DUI charge can mean drugs or alcohol, basically anything that would impair your judgement even prescription medication.

In Orange County the term DUI is used when someone’s been arrested for driving either with alcohol or under the influence of narcotics. For your first DUI charge in Orange County will involve a fine of up to $2,000 and must attend DUI school. During the defendant’s time in DUI school, they’ll only be allowed to drive to and from work and the DUI school, until the DUI lessons are over. As long as damage in injury or property was committed during your first DUI, you will not face jail time in Orange County.

A DUI charge is regarded as a second DUI charge if you’ve been charged with another DUI within the last 10 years in Orange County. If this is your second DUI charge you’ll face a mandatory 96 hour jail term, the prosecution in Orange County can ask for up to a 90 day jail term. DUI school can range from 18 to 30 months for your second DUI charge. If you’ve been involved in an accident while in a your second DUI you can expect to be the penalties to include jail time depending on the severity of the accident caused. The DUI charges can be upgraded to criminal charges in instances where injury or fatality has occurred as a result of a DUI.

A third DUI charge in Orange County within 10 years carries with it a minimum of 120 days in jail with the prosecution being able to ask for up to one year in jail. A fine of up to $2,500 and mandatory DUI school of 30 months, in which you will not be permitted to drive. It’s most likely that you receive jail time of greater then 120 days if you’ve been charged with a third DUI.

If you’ve been charged with a fifth DUI within 10 years this is considered a felony and you will be facing severe penalties where you could be spend up to 16 years in jail.

If you’ve been charged with a DUI you’ll need to have an Orange County DUI attorney who understands the law and can limit the charges against in your first DUI charge, so you’re not facing increased DUI penalties after each charge. Aside from the penalties you’ll be facing as a result of a DUI charge, you’ll also be restricted in travel and lose potential job opportunities which require operating a motor vehicle. A DUI charge will also be shown as a criminal record which could prevent potential career opportunities.

If you’re interested in understanding how DUI laws can affect you visit the DMV offices or go to their website http://www.dmv.ca.gov where you’ll learn about the severity of penalties you’ll be facing when charged with a DUI or other driving infractions. Driving is considered a privilege although some view it as a necessity having your driving privileges suspended or limited can cause significant complications in someone’s life.