Drug DWI

Rockland County DWAI-Drug Defense

Driving under the influence of drugs is a serious offense in the state of New York. Driving under the influence of drugs is handled by courts in a similar fashion to alcohol-related DWIs. New York is aggressive towards those who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are caught and charged with a Drug DWI, you are facing not only a DWI charge but also the drug charge that goes along with the illegal substance. In New York, a drug DWI is called driving while impaired by drugs (DWAI-Drug). If you are pulled over because of suspicion, you may be required to participate in a field sobriety test. If you fail, you may be brought to a police station and given a blood test to confirm that you are under the influence of drugs. It is important that you contact an effective Rockland County attorney as soon as possible. If you need our skill and experience, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway. Our legal team fights DWAI-Drug offenses for people from Nanuet, Nyack, Piermont, Spring Valley, Pearl River, West Nyack, and all of Rockland County. If you need our quality legal services, contact our firm today.

Consequences of your Rockland DWAI-Drug offense

Similar to a first DWI, a first-offense DWAI-Drug offense is a misdemeanor and comes with penalties, including:

  • A fine ranging from $500-$1000
  • The possibility of jail time up to 1 year
  • A suspended license for at least 6 months
  • State surcharges and assessment fines

If you were to participate in the Impaired Driver Program, you may be able to attain a conditional license to drive to and from work, school, or medical appointments. With the right attorney, you may be able to plea bargain and lessen the charges.

If you are charged with a second Rockland DWAI-Drug offense, you may be charged with a class E felony. If you are convicted, you face escalating consequences, including:

  • A fine 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, you may be required to participate in the Impaired Driver Program. New York courts are hostile towards repeat offenders. It is less likely that they will work with you to lessen the charges but it is not impossible.

If you are charged with a third or subsequent DWAI-Drug offense within 10 years, you will be charged with a class D felony. If you are convicted, you face dire consequences, including:

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

New York courts are not likely to plea bargain this offense. It is imperative that you contact an experienced and effective Rockland County DWAI-Drug defense attorney to fight for your case.

DWAI- Combination explained

Similar to other alcohol and drug offenses regarding a motor vehicle, driving while impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol (DWAI-Combination) is a serious offense. First, second, and third offenses are treated similarly to DWIs and DWAI-Drug offenses. A first offense is a misdemeanor. A second and subsequent offenses are felonies.

Contact a Spring Valley DWAI-Drug defense attorney to fight your drug charges

If you are caught driving under the influence of drugs, you will most likely not only be charged with a DWAI-drug offense, you will be charged with possessing an illegal drug. It is critical that you contact an attorney that can fight these charges. If you need a quality Rockland County criminal defense lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway. Our legal team will explore any way to save you from these dire circumstances. If you are a resident of Rockland County and face a DWI, DWAI-Drug, or a DWAI-Combination charge, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway.

The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway is an experienced DWI defense team in Spring Valley serving the communities of Airmont, Chestnut Ridge, Nanuet, New City, Nyack, Piermont, Pomona, Sloatsburg, Spring Valley, Suffern, West Haverstraw, Clarkstown, Ramapo, Stony Point, Haverstraw, Orangeburg, and all of Rockland County. If you need quality legal services, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a consultation.