Assertive Defense Of A DWAI-Drugs Charge
If a police officer notices erratic driving behavior, or a traffic violation, they may pull you over for a standard traffic stop. However, if they notice bloodshot eyes, irregular behavior or other indications of possible drug use, they may potentially charge you with driving while ability impaired by drugs (DWAI-Drug).
A DWAI-Drug conviction carries serious penalties, including loss of driving privileges, high fines, possible jail time and a tarnished record for at least 10 years. If you face DWAI-Drug charges, Napier & Napier can provide the experienced defense that you need to investigate your charges and defend your rights.
If you were stopped by the police and only given a traffic ticket, you were lucky. But if you were charged with DWAI-Drugs, please call our Rochester office at to secure an experienced lawyer who can protect your rights.
Understanding DWAI-Drug Charges
There are several important facts about DWAI charges that all New York residents should understand, including:
- You can be charged with a DWAI-Drug for taking prescription medications.
- To be convicted, the prosecution does not need to prove that a certain amount of drugs was consumed. They only need to show that you consumed the drugs in question and that impaired your ability to drive.
- A first DWAI-Drug conviction is a misdemeanor, but a subsequent conviction is a felony.
Refuse To Perform Field Sobriety Tests
To convict you of DWAI-Drugs, the prosecution needs to be able to demonstrate that the ingested drugs impaired your driving ability. Unlike a DWI, drug use cannot be tested by a Breathalyzer or other hand-held gadgets. To demonstrate impaired motor skills, officers commonly ask drivers to perform a series of field sobriety tests. You are not legally required to complete field sobriety tests. Politely decline if an officer asks you to do so. Visit our page that explains how you should conduct yourself during a DWI/DWAI traffic stop to learn more about how to protect your best interests.
Contact Us For Qualified Legal Counsel
DWAI-Drug charges are serious. If you are convicted, the penalties and criminal record can greatly impact your future. Call Napier & Napier for the dedicated legal counsel that you require at . You may also email our offices. Each of our attorneys has over 30 years of dedicated criminal defense experience and can provide your case with the best possible chances of success.