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Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI)

Offering Creative Legal Strategies Against DWAI Charges

DWAI, or Driving While Ability Impaired, may be a lesser charge than a DWI, but that does not mean it shouldn't be taken seriously. In New York, penalties associated with a DWAI can include stiff mandatory fines, along with possible jail time and license suspension. If you are stopped and you have a passenger who is under the age of 18, you will be charged with a felony. If you have been charged with a DWAI, it is in your best interests to have experienced legal representation on your side.

The Poughkeepsie-area DWAI law firm of Edward T. McCormack is skilled in the strategies you will need to fight to keep your license, minimize fines and avoid jail time. If you have been charged, call us at 800-686-2840 for a free consultation.

More Than One Type of DWAI

DWAI may involve drugs (including prescription medications), alcohol or both:

  • A DWAI that is alcohol-related only means that your blood alcohol content is less than the legal limit of .08 but greater than .05, but that the police feel there is other evidence of impairment due to alcohol consumption.
  • A DWAI - Drugs means that your driving was impaired by the use of drugs. This can include medications from over-the-counter cold remedies to drugs prescribed to you by your physician. This charge could be a misdemeanor or felony.
  • Lastly, there is DWAI Alcohol / Drugs (or DWAI A/D), meaning that your ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by some combination of drugs (including your own prescription pharmaceuticals) and alcohol.

We Vigorously Defend You Against DWAI Charges

Attorney Edward T. McCormack will start with a detailed interview: What sort of medical conditions do you have? Could your medical condition impact your ability to pass a field sobriety test? Were you taking your medications per instructions? Have you been sleeping poorly? Have you been sick? In many cases, we can show hardship: If you lose your license, will you lose your job? We will look at every possible reason to convince the district attorney to give you a break and reduce or dismiss the charges.

Contact a Lawyer With Experience

If you have received a traffic ticket or have been charged with DWI / DWAI, contact a lawyer with a track record telling it like it is, and getting successful outcomes. Contact us by e-mail or call us at 800-686-2840 to schedule a free consultation.