Whether you are driving under the influence of alcohol or driving under the influence of drugs, you will be facing severe penalties in New York State if arrested. Our Buffalo DWI lawyers want to represent your case and put this mistake behind you. Contact our office for a free consultation.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs | Marijuana
With the legalization of marijuana in certain states and the increase in opiate medication intake, a frequent question is whether drivers who have consumed either substance can be arrested as if they were driving while intoxicated. It is perfectly legal to be pulled over for ingesting marijuana or another opiate, and although this is not the same as driving while intoxicated per se, driving after taking an opium-derived drug is considered driving while one’s ability to operate a motor vehicle is under the influence of drugs.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs | Charges
The charge carries a similar penalty as the misdemeanor DWI for driving under the influence of alcohol. Those charged with a DWAI-Drug may face fines as well as jail time, and there may be adverse consequences to their driver’s licenses. If an officer pulls you over and finds that you are under the influence of any kind of drug—whether it be an illicit substance such as marijuana or a legitimately prescribed drug—to the extent that your ability to drive your motor vehicle is impaired, you can be charged with a crime.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs | Hire a DWI Attorney
DWI convictions entail fines, court costs, jail time and loss of wages from time missed at work. With the help of an experienced DWI defense attorney, you have a better chance of having those costs minimized. We are dedicated to helping you every step the process starting at the time of arrest. At Chiacchia & Fleming, our team of dedicated Hamburg DWI lawyers will ensure that your case is presented in the most effective manner possible. If you’ve recently been charged with a DWI offense, be sure to contact one of our experienced Hamburg DWI lawyers for aggressive representation you can count on.