DWAI Lawyer


DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) can be separated into two different charges: DWAI-Alcohol and DWAI-Drug.

DWAI, or DWAI-Alcohol, is only a traffic violation, although the fines and penalties attached are more similar to DWI than they are a speeding ticket. It is a chargeable offense if your ability to drive is shown to be compromised, you are 21 or older, and you have a BAC of .05% to .07%.

DWAI-Drug, like DWI, is considered a crime in the eyes of the law. Unlike DWI, however, the court need only show that you are impaired – not completely intoxicated – to convict you of this crime. Everything else about the charge is almost identical to DWI: the fines, penalties, classes, etc. However, in the nature of the crime, there is no breathalyzer for drugs, and so the ignition interlock device is not required.

There is also the charge of DWAI-Combined Influence, which is driving while your ability is impaired by a combination of drugs or of drugs and alcohol. Other than having a different name, it is almost identical to DWAI-Drugs.

Whether you’ve been charged with DWAI (DWAI-Alcohol) or DWAI-Drug, the consequences are still about as serious as DWI. One might be considered a violation while the other two are a crime, but all havesignificant fines, increased insurance rates, mandatory classes, panels, and counseling, and suspensions of driver’s licenses. However, there is no required driver interlock device installation. Both DWAI charges both have long-term, less direct costs, such as fewer employment opportunities, denial of driving or piloting jobs, and some possible restrictions on military service.

Karl Myles takes full advantage of every detail and loophole. Did you know that Karl Myles goes over a complete DWI defense strategy that begins from the moment you were pulled over, to the moment you were put in jail?

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the potential penalties you face, Karl Myles is not only very experienced in DWI law, he is an expert on putting you at ease and counseling you on what may come ahead. Karl Myles will shoulder the burden of your case. He will meet with you night or day, at your home or your jail cell to fight your charges. Call (716) 812-2228 now for immediate assistance.

What Are The Penalties For Violations?

Violation Mandatory Fine Max Jail Term Mandatory Driver License Action
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving While Impaired by a Drug (DWAI-Drug) $500 - $1,000 1 year DWI - Revoked for at least six months
DWAI-Drugs - Suspended for at least six months
Second DWI or DWAI-Drug violation in 10 years (E felony) $1,000 - $5,000 4 years Revoked for at least one year
Third DWI or DWAI-Drug violation in 10 years (D felony) $2,000 - $10,000 7 years Revoked for at least one year
Driving While Ability Impaired by a Combination of Alcohol/Drugs (DWAI-Combination) $500 - $1,000 1 year Revoked for at least six months
Second DWAI-Combination in 10 years (E felony) $1,000 - $5,000 4 years Revoked for at least one year
Third DWAI-Combination in 10 years (D felony) $2,000 - $10,000 7 years Revoked for at least one year
Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI) $300 - $500 15 days Suspended for 90 days
Second DWAI violation in 5 years $500 - $750 30 days Revoked for at least six months
Third or subsequent DWAI within 10 years (Misdemeanor) $750 - $1,500 180 days Revoked for at least six months