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.
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.
Please note this original post was updated in 2016 to reflect a change in the law since the original posting.