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Why was Paolo Banchero charged and what’s a DWI?

The Magic and their new star can both breathe a little easier after reports confirm that charges against him have been dropped.

Why was Paolo Banchero charged and what’s a DWI?
Ethan MillerAFP

The news will come as a relief to the promising young talent, that NBA fans are all waiting to see this coming season.

Paolo Banchero has DWI charge dropped

According to recent reports, the Orlando Magic’s Paolo Banchero has had an aiding and abetting DWI charge against him dropped. The news comes after Banchero’s former Duke teammate Michael Savarino, pleaded guilty to DWI. Incidentally, Savarino is also the grandson of retired Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski, or as he’s widely known to basketball fans the world over, ‘Coach K.’ To add some degree of context to the situation, Orange County (N.C.) assistant district attorney Maren Hardin explained via email, that it was “not unusual for a person charged with aiding and abetting DWI to have his or her charge dismissed upon the disposition of the principal’s DWI.”

As per reports, Savarino pleaded guilty on Wednesday, with two charges - driving after consuming alcohol while under 21 and running a stop sign - being dismissed. It is understood, that as part of plea agreement and subsequent 12-month probation, Savarino will be required to complete a treatment program. The Duke player has reportedly also completed 24 hours of community service - as required - in addition to paying a $300 fine.

What exactly did Paolo Banchero and Michael Savarino do?

It was last November, when Banchero and Savarino were charged traffic stop by police. Savarino, who was 20 at the time of the arrest, and Banchero, 19. Banchero’s charge came as a result of the fact that the vehicle was registered to him. A week later, Banchero claimed that the Blue Devils “all learned” from the incident and had “moved on.” The Blue Devils star would then go on to declare for the NBA draft, following just one season in Durham and was finally selected at No. overall by the Orlando Magic. For his part, Savarino transferred to Division III New York University during the offseason.

What’s the difference between a DWI and DUI?

In case you’ve been wondering as you read, ‘what is a DWI as opposed to a DUI?’ then allow us to shed some light. According to Bankrate’s website, “DUIs and DWIs have slightly different meanings: A DUI refers to driving under the influence, while a DWI means driving while intoxicated or impaired. With a DUI, the charge could mean that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It’s important to note that the drugs do not need to be illicit. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs can also lead to a DUI charge if the person becomes impaired as a result of taking them. Whether a person is charged with either a DUI or DWI is ultimately determined by the state in which the incident occurred and blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits set.” Hopefully that helps to clear things up.


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