In New York State, if you have drugs in your bloodstream that impairs your ability to drive, you can be charged with driving while ability under the influence of drugs. This is called a DWAI-Drug. This is very similar to a DWI. The consequences are almost mirrored.
It’s a misdemeanor charge. It’s a serious charge, like a DWI by alcohol. In many instances, the police, because they’re not familiarized or don’t have a drug recognition expert available to conduct an interview of you when you’re arrested, don’t have the ability to prosecute the case later without a blood result.
It’s very important for you to consult with a criminal defense attorney if you’re charged with driving under the influence of drugs, because there are many more defenses that are available to you than what you might be aware of otherwise.
The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway is an effective legal team that serves Rockland County. Our firm works with clients facing criminal charges, including violent crimes, gun crimes, sex crimes, DWI, drug charges, and more. If you need our legal services, contact our Spring Valley office for a consultation.