New York State takes impaired driving very seriously, regardless of whether that impairment is the result of alcohol or drugs. An individual who drives under the influence of drugs will receive similar penalties to those who drive under the influence of alcohol. New York State has a special category of driving under the influence of drugs, which is referred to as Driving While Impaired by Drugs, or DWAI-Drug.
A first offense DWAI-Drug conviction will result in a misdemeanor with penalties that include the following:
- Fines between $500 and $1000
- The possibility of jail time for up to one year
- A license suspension for at least six months
- Surcharges and assessment fines issued by New York State
It is also important to be aware that in New York State, drivers will face serious consequences if they are found to be impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol. This charge is known as a DWAI-Combination. In addition, if the individual who is driving while impaired by drugs has the controlled substance in their possession, they may also be charged with drug possession and face additional penalties. These crimes are taken very seriously. Therefore, if you have been charged with any sort of driving under the influence, it is important to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter on Long Island or throughout New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation and we would be happy to assist you.