For many years, Tennessee recognized separate crimes of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI). DWI was considered a less serious offense and carried less punishment than DUI. DWI was not punishable by jail time, carried no probationary period or any other punishment other than fine and license suspension.
Several years ago the Tennessee legislature abolished the offense of DWI for persons over the age of 21.
Tennessee did, however, retain the offense of DWI for persons under the age of 21. So, currently only persons under the age of 21 qualify for a DWI charge in Tennessee. DWI is no longer an option for anyone charged with a DUI over the age of 21 Tennessee.
If you or someone you know has recently received a DUI or DWI in Tennessee and has questions regarding the possible legal implications, contact Nashville Criminal Lawyer Russell Thomas at 615-620-0891 for a free consultation.