Facing charges for DUI DWI in Vermont ? We can help.
DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and DUI (Driving Under the Influence) are two different phrases having the same meaning. Vermont criminalizes driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, and driving with .08% or more of alcohol in the blood as measured either by breath or blood testing.
Vermont also has a separate Civil License Suspension Law. If your breath or blood test result was at least .08%, the State will try to have your Vermont license or out-of-State driving privileges in Vermont suspended for at least 90 days. If you refuse the breath test or blood test, you face at least a 6 month suspension in both the DWI and Civil Suspension matters. This is a separate legal proceeding from the DWI criminal charge.
If you are convicted of DUI DWI in Vermont, this will be a permanent part of both your driving record and criminal record. If you live in another State and are convicted of DWI in Vermont, the conviction will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles in your home State and to the National Driver’s License Registry. These records are available to drivers licensing and police agencies in each State. In almost all cases a DWI conviction in Vermont will result in a suspension in your home State. If your DWI case is dismissed or if you are found not guilty, you may be able to avoid a license suspension.