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Drugged driving is a serious charge in New York

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | Drug Crimes

Drugged driving in New York encompasses a broad spectrum of substances that impair one’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. Drugged driving can result from the consumption of illegal, over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Each of these substances can potentially alter cognitive functions, reaction times and decision-making processes. This makes driving under the influence of drugs dangerous for an affected driver and for others on the road as well.

New York classifies driving under the influence of any substance that impairs one’s driving ability as a serious offense. The fact that legal substances can impair driving just as much as illegal ones highlights the complexity of defining and proving impairment.

What are the penalties for drugged driving in New York?

In New York, the penalties for a conviction include driver’s license suspension, fines and time in jail or prison, depending on the severity of the offense and any previous convictions. For a first-time offender, the repercussions might include a fine, a potential jail term and suspending their driving license.

Repeat offenders face increasingly harsh penalties, including permanent driver’s license revocation, higher fines and longer imprisonment. These stringent measures highlight New York’s zero-tolerance policy for drugged driving.

What are the challenges that come with a drugged driving case?

Drugged driving cases present unique challenges for the prosecution and defense. One of the primary difficulties is the quantification of impairment. Unlike alcohol, where impairment can be measured with a breathalyzer test, there is no universally accepted standard or device for measuring the level of drugs in one’s system in relation to impairment. This ambiguity can lead to disputes over the evidence presented in court.

The legal landscape regarding prescription and over-the-counter medications complicates these cases. For example, many individuals who have legally consumed medication but were unaware of its impairing effects may be shocked to find themselves in legal trouble.

Because of the complexities of these cases, anyone facing a drugged driving charge should obtain legal assistance to learn their defense options and the strongest defense possible under the circumstances.