Drug Related DWI Attorneys in The Woodlands Getting Your Drug DWI Charges Reduced or Dropped
Like alcohol, driving under the influence of drugs can slow a person’s coordination, judgment, and reaction times while driving. Some drugs like cocaine or methamphetamine can speed it up—and not in a good way—as it can lead to more aggressive and reckless driving.
Take, for example, prescription medications. You often hear pharmacists remind you not to drive while taking a particular substance as it might cause drowsiness and fatigue. There may be enhanced and unexpected side effects of combining drugs and alcohol.
Driving under the influence of any drug is illegal in Texas, and it doesn’t take much to get charged with a drug DWI. A person can be accused of “drunk” driving without a drop of alcohol and only drugs in their system, like marijuana. When faced with charges, Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law will challenge the case against you.
What are Common Drugs in Drug-Related DWIs?
The effects of drugs vary by person, though side effects often include euphoria, disorientation, drowsiness, paranoia, and altered time, among others. People convicted of a drug DWI charge could be high on prescription pills and medications or common street drugs.
Drugs in drug-related DWIs include:
- Psilocybin or magic mushrooms
- LSD or acid
Charges for driving while high on drugs are similar to driving under the influence of alcohol.
What is Drug DWI Testing?
Law enforcement might reasonably suspect that you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and pull you over. Suppose they see visible signs such as watery eyes, trouble speaking, bloodshot eyes or fast or slow speech, sweating, and other odd behavior. In that case, they can perform a field sobriety test and request a blood sample to test for illegal drugs, medications, or substances.
A person may deny the blood sample, and testing can often produce inaccurate measurements; it could get thrown out in court. Blood samples only show substances in the blood, though they do not prove the driver was under the influence.
Be polite when interacting with law enforcement. Do not answer any questions without an attorney present to avoid putting yourself in a compromising position later, as anything verbal can be used against you.
What are the Penalties for a Drug DWI?
There are three different types of drug DWI offenses, including:
- Prescription Drug DWI
- Marijuana DWI
- Controlled substance DWI
A first drug DWI offense can result in a class B misdemeanor and penalties such as 72 hours up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. A second drug DWI might result in a class A misdemeanor conviction, 30 days to one year in prison, and fines of up to $4,000.
A third repeat drug DWI offense can result in a third-degree felony conviction in Texas and is punishable by a term of two to ten years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. If aggravating factors such as manslaughter are involved due to drugged driving, a person can face two to 20 years in prison if convicted and a fine of up to $10,000. Additional punishments depend on the offense, criminal history, and other details.
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
A drugged driving DWI can impact every part of your life, from your work and personal life to your family and finances. If you injure or kill someone while driving under the influence of drugs, you will forever change another person—and their family’s—life.
In other words, the charges against you might be more significant than just fines and a license suspension and could significantly alter your future. Investing in the proper legal counsel is wise to ensure your odds are better.
Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, and our attorneys, help people in challenging legal situations every day build credible defenses to change the outcome of their cases, from reduced fines to dropped charges.