A person commits a DWI offense, also known as Driving While Intoxicated, DUI or driving under the influence, if the person is intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place. It is important that you understand some of the basic definitions that are important in DWI cases.
- Intoxication: Not having the normal use of your mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.
- Motor Vehicle: A device in, on, or by which a person or property is or may be transported or drawn on a highway, except a device used exclusively on stationary rails.
- Public Place: Any place to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access and includes, but is not limited to, streets, highways, and the common areas of schools, hospitals, apartment houses, office buildings, transport facilities, and shops.