Drunk Driving Penalties In Texas. Drunk driving is a crime all across the United States, but there can be different designations of the offenses depending on the state in which it occurs, and the age of the driver. The most common terms are DUI and DWI. DUI is the acronym for “driving under the influence,” while DWI is the acronym for “driving while intoxicated.” While each refers to driving illegally, their meanings are not necessarily the same, and can differ from state to state.
You can be arrested and charged with either DUI or DWI in Texas if you exhibit a lack of control over your mental and/or physical faculties as observed by a law enforcement officer. But in most cases in the Lone Star State, DWI is the term applied in almost every case. That said, there are some cases where DUI is used, however rare.