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Is there a difference between the terms DUI and DWI in Virginia?

No.  The term DUI generally refers to driving under the influence, and the term DWI generally refers to driving while intoxicated.  Although some states draw a distinction between the terms and make one a less serious offense, Virginia does not.  Virginia's DUI / DWI law covers them both and even uses both terms in the statute.  The statute is titled "Driving...While Intoxicated, etc." and the substantive text of the law reads thou shall not "drive....while under the influence...."  In Virginia, there is no difference between the terms DUI and DWI:  they are interchangeable. 

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