DWAI Drugs

James M Wagman

Athens Traffic Violation Attorney

The charge driving while ability impaired (DWAI) drugs is a misdemeanor and, like all alcohol- or drug-related driving charges, is a serious matter. If you were charged with DWAI drugs, you do not want to plead guilty without speaking to an attorney first.

At the law office of James M. Wagman, I represent people in New York state who have been charged with DWAI drugs. Because I am also a prosecutor for the town of Catskill, I understand how the state handles DWAI drug cases. I use my experience to my clients' advantage as their defense counsel. For a free consultation, please call 866-901-8742 or contact me online.

Consequences of DWAI Drugs Charges

A conviction for DWAI drugs has the same penalties as a first DWI conviction, which includes:

  • $500-$1,000 fine
  • Maximum one year in jail
  • Driver's license suspended for at least six months

If you are convicted a second time within 10 years, you may be charged with a felony.

Unlike DWI cases, there is not a specific amount of drugs in your system that makes you legally impaired. You need a BAC of .08 percent or higher to be legally intoxicated; however, to charge you with DWAI drugs, the police just need to prove that you were on drugs and that they impaired your ability.

You can be impaired by illegal drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, over-the-counter drugs or prescription medication. Because there is so much latitude in DWAI drugs cases, you need a lawyer to protect your rights. I will work to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed.

To make an appointment with a DWAI drug defense lawyer, please call 866-901-8742 today.