Beacon, New York
355 Main St.
Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 831-3606

An Attorney Explains Why a DUI Charge Isn't Always Due to Alcohol June 19, 2017

Beacon, Dutchess
An Attorney Explains Why a DUI Charge Isn't Always Due to Alcohol, Beacon, New York

When you hear someone was charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you might immediately think of alcohol use. However, Anthony DeFazio, a criminal defense attorney in New York’s Hudson Valley, says it's important to know a DUI arrest isn’t always a result of alcoholic beverage intoxication. The founder of Anthony DeFazio Law, P.C. explains how other substances can lead to this charge.

In New York, DUI is called driving while intoxicated (DWI). Drivers charged with DWI could be under the influence of alcohol, a single drug, or a combination of alcohol and drugs. Breath, blood, and urine tests reveal whether a driver has these substances in their system.

DUI Hudson Valley NYWhen a drug impairs a motorist’s ability, they are charged with driving while ability impaired by a single drug other than alcohol (DWAI). The drug could be an illegal controlled substance, such as cocaine, marijuana, or heroin. Drivers taking prescription drugs like the pain reliever OxyContin™, sedatives and antidepressants such as Valium™, or sleep-inducing drugs like Ambien™ are at risk of DWAI arrests. 

Taking nonprescription drugs like antihistamines for allergies and decongestants for blocked sinuses also can impair a driver’s coordination and concentration. Over-the-counter medications containing alcohol, such as cough syrups and cold relief liquids, also can lead to charges of DWAI by a combined influence of drugs or mixture of drugs and alcohol. 

A DUI charge can happen even if you’re taking your medication responsibly. For your health and safety and the well-being of others on the roads, talk with your doctor or pharmacist before you drive while using prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

When you call Anthony DeFazio Law P.C. with questions about a DUI, DWI, or DWAI charge, you will speak with him, not another lawyer or staff member. This experienced criminal defense attorney takes pride in providing professional, hands-on representation and guarantees he will return your call on the same business day if he can’t speak with you immediately. Call (845) 831-3606 to schedule a consultation and visit the firm’s website for more information about the criminal attorney and his services. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for more legal tips and insight.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Anthony DeFazio Law P.C.
Communication Do's & Don'ts After a Car Accident, Beacon, New York
If you have been in a car crash, your adrenaline will be pumping, and emotions will run high. Despite this, it’s important to remain calm and act rationally—especially when interacti...read more
What Should You Bring to Your First Meeting With a Lawyer?, Beacon, New York
Whether you were hurt in a car accident and want to file a personal injury claim or are facing criminal charges for fraud and want to fight them, you can expect to complete a lot of ...read more
What to Know About Underage Drunk Driving Laws in New York, Beacon, New York
To minimize drunk driving, the laws have become increasingly stringent across the nation. Similar to most states, New York considers it to be a serious criminal offense and convictio...read more
What You Should Know About Probable Cause & the 4th Amendment, Beacon, New York
Police have considerable power to investigate crimes and arrest suspects, but the Constitution places strict limits on their authority, specifically when conducting searches. Under t...read more
Do’s & Dont’s When You’re Pulled Over for a DUI, Beacon, New York
When it comes to charges with the potential to impact your life, drunk driving is high on the list. Getting stopped can be a highly stressful and intimidating experience; however, th...read more