Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is one of the most serious offenses a motorist can commit. Unfortunately, many people throughout the United States are charged with DWIs every single day. That being said, you may not know that you can also be charged with a DWI (more specifically, a DWAI-drug) if you have been caught driving while under the influence of drugs. If this has happened to you, you must continue reading and speak with a knowledgeable New York criminal defense attorney to learn more about the consequences of a drug DWI charge and how our firm can help if you’re facing one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What happens if I am charged with a drug DWI in New York?
If you are charged with a drug DWI in New York State, even if this is only your first offense, you are looking at a wide variety of very serious penalties. To start, you risk spending up to one year in jail. You will also most likely lose your license for up to six months. Finally, you will have to pay a potential $1,000 fine, plus state surcharges and assessment fines.
What are the penalties for a second drug DWI offense?
A second-offense drug DWI in New York State is a Class E felony, which may warrant a one-year license suspension, up to four years in jail, you may have to enroll in the IDP, pay a potential $5,000 fine, as well as state surcharges and assessment fines.
Will I go to jail for a third drug DWI offense in New York?
For a third drug DWI within 10 years, you will face a Class D Felony, which is an extremely serious charge. For a third drug DWI offense in New York, you risk up to 7 years of incarceration, a license suspension of at least one year, and you may have to pay a potential $10,000 fine, as well as assessment fees and state surcharges. As you can see, driving while under the influence of drugs is definitely a very costly offense, and if you’ve been charged with doing so, you must retain the services of an experienced attorney today.
Contact our experienced Rockland County firm
Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong Rockland County defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Fortunately, our firm is ready to put over 30 years of experience to work for you. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation. We are ready to help you go on living life positively, happily, and free from the burdens of a criminal conviction–all you have to do is ask.