Drug DWI

Garden City Drug DWI Attorney

disposable syringe and pack of white powder and pills and lighteDefending New Yorkers from a Drug DWI conviction

Driving while under the influence of drugs is a serious crime. People who are charged with driving while under the influence of drugs are facing a misdemeanor with similar consequences to a DWI offense. New York courts are hostile towards offenders and if you have been caught driving under the influence of a drug, you also face the consequences of a drug charge and the overwhelming penalties that are involved. Drug offenses and drug-related DWAI offenses can burden you with fines and penalties that can affect your life and livelihood. Contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. for the experience needed to fight charges of a DWAI-Drug offense.

DWAI-Drug offense explained

In New York, driving under the influence of drugs is called Driving While Impaired by Drugs (DWAI-Drug). If you are pulled over by a police officer who believes you are under the influence of a drug or alcohol, they may require a field sobriety test to determine if you are under the influence. If you fail the test, you may be brought to a station for a blood test to determine if you are under the influence of a drug. If you are charged with a DWAI-Drug offense, you are facing similar consequences as a DWI offender.

First offense DWAI-Drug consequences explained

Similar to a first DWI offense, those who are charged with a first offense DWAI-Drug charge face fines and penalties from the misdemeanor. If convicted, you are facing:

  • Fines ranging from $500- $1000
  • Possible jail time up to 1 year
  • A suspended license for a minimum of 6 months
  • State surcharges and assessment fines

In addition, one might be eligible for a conditional license or a conditional driving privilege if you participate in the Drinking Driver Program (DDP). This program comes with its own fees and assessments.

Second offense DWAI-Drug consequences explained

Similar to a second DWI offense, those charged with their second DWAI-Drug offense within 10 years face escalating penalties. In New York State, a second DWAI-Drug offense is an E felony and if convicted, comes with consequences including:

  • Fines ranging from $1000-$5000
  • Possible jail time up to 4 years
  • A revoked license for at least 1 year
  • State surcharges and assessment fines

In addition, the court may mandate participation in the Drinking Driver Program (DDP), which comes with its own fees and assessments.

Third offense DWAI-Drug consequences explained

Similar to a third DWI/DUI offense, those charged with their second DWAI-Drug offense within 10 years face severe penalties for their crime. In New York State, a third DWAI-Drug offense is a D felony and, if convicted, comes with penalties including:

  • Fines ranging from $2000-$10,000
  • Possible jail time up to 7 years
  • A revoked license for at least 1 year
  • State surcharges and assessment fines

A third offense is a serious crime. Judges and courts will be aggressive towards the violation. It is in your best interests to contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. for you legal needs.

DWAI- Combination explained

Similar to other first, second, and third offenses, driving while ability impaired by a combination of alcohol and drugs is a serious offense. A first offense is a misdemeanor with penalties that mirror a first offense DWI conviction. Accordingly, the subsequent offenses mirror DWI and DWAI-Drug offenses and are felonies.

A firm that has the experience you need

Grunwald & Seman, P.C. has years of experience with DWAI-Drug charges and the persistence and diligence to guide clients towards the best possible conclusion to their matter. There are many avenues of defense that could alleviate the burden of a conviction or have the charges dismissed altogether. Call Grunwald & Seman, P.C. for a consultation.