Drugged Driving Charges in Texas
A common misconception is that a person can only be arrested for DWI when under the influence of alcohol. Texas’s law prohibits a person from operating a vehicle on public roads while their normal faculties are compromised by any substance, including drugs. Commonly referred to as DWI drugs or drugged driving, these offenses carry the same harsh penalties as traditional DWI. If you’ve been arrested or charged with a DWI involving drugs, it’s imperative that you hire an attorney as soon as possible. A conviction for DWI drugs on your criminal record could make it difficult to find housing, employment, or even qualify for federal student aid. Additionally, your driving privileges could be suspended.
James Aulbaugh is your Dallas DWI with drugs attorney. He has extensive experience handling drugged driving misdemeanors and felonies. As a former chief prosecutor and Misdemeanor Division Deputy Chief, James knows how the prosecution thinks and prepares for cases. James will use his experience and insight to ensure the best possible result on your case. Call today! 214-500-0430
As a former Chief Felony Prosecutor and Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, James Aulbaugh is ready to assist you with your case. Call Today: 214-500-0430.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
In Texas, “intoxicated” means not having the normal use of your mental faculties or physical faculties due to the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body. This means that a person can be considered intoxicated by an illegal substance such as heroin, prescription medication, or an over the counter medicine. Intoxication by any of these substances could result in an arrest for DWI drugs.
Drugged driving charges commonly result from people stopped for driving while under the influence of:
People often believe it’s okay to drive after taking a medication that they have a valid prescription or reason for taking it. The law is not limited with whether the substance is legal, but whether the substance resulted in intoxication. In fact, Texas law explicitly states it is not a defense to prosecution that the individual was entitled to use the substance.
If you’ve been arrested for drugged driving, contact the Aulbaugh Law Firm. James will review your charges, examine the stop, arrest, and testing processes, and ensure legal rights are protected.
Drug DWI Penalties in Texas
A first drugged driving offense is a Class B misdemeanor and may result in:
- 72 hours to 180 days in jail
- Up to $2,000 in fines
A second drugged driving offense is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by:
- 30 days to 1 year in jail
- Up to $4,000 in fines
A third drugged driving offense is a third-degree felony and carries the following penalties:
- 2 to 10 years in prison
- $0 – 10,000 in fines
- 2 to 10 years probation
Additional penalties may also include:
- Alcohol education program
- Driver license suspension
- Ignition interlock device on the vehicle
You Need Serious Defense for Your Drug DWI Charges in Dallas, TX
You’ve worked too hard to lose so much to a DWI drugs conviction, you need an experienced, Board Certified attorney at your side. At the Aulbaugh Law Firm, your case is a priority. James Aulbaugh, your Dallas DWI with drug lawyer, will provide you with the highest quality defense every step of the way.