Most drivers in the state of New York clearly understand the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol. However, many do not realize that the legal consequences become much more severe when a person is found to be driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs at the same time.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs is known specifically as Driving While Ability Impaired by both drugs and alcohol. This is often abbreviated as DWAI/Combination in the state of New York. If you have been accused of using drugs and alcohol while driving, it is important that you fully understand the consequences and that you take the appropriate action in order to defend yourself.
The consequences of a 1st offense of DWAI/combination in the state of New York
If you are found guilty of both using drugs and being under the influence of alcohol while driving, you will face a driving ban for a minimum of six months if it is your first offense. In addition, you may have to pay a fine of between $500 and $1,000, as well as other fines for annual assessments over three years. You may also have to spend time in jail and possibly attend a New York Drinking Driver Program (DDP).
If you have been falsely accused of a drunk driving offense in the state of New York, it is important to understand your rights and how the law works. By taking appropriate action, you and your attorney will be able to defend yourself against the accusations.