When a person makes the decision to consume a substance that impairs their ability to drive but still gets behind the wheel anyway, they may be facing serious consequences that can impact them for the rest of their life. People who choose to drive after taking drugs or drinking alcohol are not only putting their own lives at risk, but the lives of the others around them.
If you are charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, you should make yourself aware of the penalties that may be in your future. If you have been charged with a first offense DWAI-Drug charge, you will face the same punishments as a person who was driving under the influence of alcohol. A first offense DWAI-Drug violation will result in up to 1 year in jail, a fine between $500 and $1,000, and a license suspension for a minimum of six months.
If you have already had a DWAI-Drug conviction within the last ten years and you have been charged with a second offense, you may spend up to 4 years in jail, as well as face a fine between $1,000 and $5,000. In addition, you may have your license revoked for a minimum of one year. Third-time offenders within the last 10 years are facing a class D felony. These individuals can expect to face up to 7 years in jail, have their license revoked for at least a year, and pay a fine between $2,000 and $10,000.
If you have been charged with a DWAI-Drug crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today for assistance.
Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.