Driving While Ability Impaired By Drugs

The penalties for driving under the influence of drugs are the same as for driving drunk. But there are important differences between defending a DUI/DWAI for alcohol and defending a charge of DWAI drugs.

Michael Spano, a criminal defense attorney serving Syracuse and Central New York knows how to handle a drug-related DWAI as well as any related drug charges. He will use his over 20 years of experience to fight the charges and seek to minimize the impact on your life.

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Challenging An Arrest For DWAI Drugs

You can face DWAI charges (driving while ability impaired by drugs) for illegal drugs such as marijuana or cocaine, or for any legally prescribed drug such as OxyContin or Valium that affects your ability to drive safely.

A DUI (DWI) arrest is mostly based on a specific level of alcohol in your bloodstream. An arrest for DWAI drugs is usually based on (a) driving behavior observed by an officer and (b) an admission by the person that they had used drugs.

"I have been successful in challenging the traffic stop. If the officer did not have probable cause to pull you over, any statements, search or seizure may be inadmissible. I have also won cases by challenging the officer's conduct and conclusions after pulling over a suspect. Did you admit to taking drugs? Did you give consent to a search? Were you read your rights when you were taken into custody? Did you pass field sobriety tests?" — Michael Spano

In addition to the impaired driving charges, we also provide strong defense for charges of drug possession.

Free Consultation — Contact Michael Spano Today

An admission of taking drugs is not necessarily fatal to your case. As your lawyer, Michael Spano will hold police accountable for any violations of your rights, or make them prove that you were too impaired to drive.

Call our office at 315-350-3975 or contact us online. We are accessible after hours, and make it a point to return all calls and emails within hours if possible.