While the effects of driving under the influence of drugs are known, it, unfortunately, does not stop people from doing it. Drugged driving penalties can have a large impact on your everyday life, especially if you have been charged with more than one offense. If you have been charged for driving while under the influence of drugs, act fast, as the consequences can be harsh. Contact an experienced New York criminal defense lawyer today to begin preparation for your defense. With over 30 years of experience in this field, the Law Office of Carl Spector is ready to defend your rights.
What are the consequences of the first offense of drugged driving (DWAI-Drug) in New York?
Even if it was your first offense, you can expect heavy consequences as a result of a DWAI-Drug. Below are the typical consequences of a DWAI-Drug charge in New York:
- Up to one year of incarceration
- You may lose your license for up to 6 months
- You may be faced with charges between $500-$1,000, as well as additional state charges
What are the consequences of a second offense of DWAI-Drug in New York?
If you have been charged for the second time with a DWAI-Drug offense, you can expect to face heavier consequences like:
- You may spend up to 4 years in jail
- You may lose your license for 1 year
- You may be faced with charges upward of $1,000, as well as additional state charges
Will I lose my license forever if I get a third charge of driving under the influence of drugs in New York?
You may not lose your license forever, however, a third offense of a DWAI-Drug offense can result in much harsher consequences such as:
- You may spend up to 7 years in jail
- You can lose your license for a minimum of 1 year, but it is highly likely you will lose it for much longer
- You may have to pay fines up to $10,000, in addition to state charges
Does it matter if I was driving under the influence of a controlled substance?
In New York state, laws do not differentiate penalties based on controlled vs. noncontrolled substances. In fact, if you are caught driving under the influence of a drug that prohibits your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, it will not matter if it was an illegal substance or over-the-counter medication. The prosecution will make no distinction between the two.
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.