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Drug DWI Lawyer in Conroe, Texas

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When most people think of driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges, they mainly think of the act of driving under the influence of alcohol. While driving while drunk is indeed illegal, DWI law also prohibits individuals from driving while under the influence of prescription or illicit drugs. Under the Texas Penal Code Section 49.01, "intoxicated" means not having the normal use of one's mental or physical faculties due to the introduction of a foreign substance in the body. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, it is urgent you contact Conroe DWI Attorney Douglas W. Atkinson as soon as possible to protect yourself against serious criminal consequences.

Countless clients have chosen Attorney Atkinson for the following reasons:

Call (936)-681-0031 today to discuss your case in detail.

What Drugs are Prohibited?

A person may be charged with driving under the influence of drugs if they operate a motor vehicle while impaired by any foreign substance that affects their ability to drive, such as a drug that causes drowsiness, dizziness, sleepiness, or any other impairing effect. Unlike alcohol intoxication which can be measured by a person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC), impairment from drugs is much more difficult to prove as there is no blood testing standard in Texas. A driver's intoxication is determined on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the arresting officer and prosecution.

You may be arrested for DWI if impaired by any type or combination of drugs, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Xanax
  • Vicodin
  • OxyContin
  • Ambien
  • PCP
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamines
  • Ecstasy

Penalties for Drugged Driving in Texas

Consequences for a drugged driving conviction in Texas will vary depending on the number of prior offenses on an accused person's criminal record and whether or not the driver's intoxication resulted in the injury or death of another individual. It is important to note that Texas does not have a "lookback period," meaning that any prior DUI convictions will be relevant for sentencing purposes regardless of when they occurred.

Penalties for drugged driving in Texas are as follows:

  • First offense: Up to 180 days in jail, $2,000 in fines, and a one-year driver's license suspension
  • Second offense: Up to one year in jail, $4,000 in fines, a two-year driver's license suspension, and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Third offense: Up to two years in jail, $10,000 in fines, a two-year driver's license suspension, and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device.

Additional penalties may include community service, mandatory drug treatment, DWI school, court costs, and a criminal record. If you are facing drugged driving charges, Attorney Atkinson can help you evaluate your defense options and craft a custom-tailored strategy that minimizes your chances of serving these penalties.

Protect Your Future – Call (936)-681-0031

Not only can a criminal conviction carry serious immediate consequences, but it could also inflict lasting damage to your reputation and impact your future options for employment. For this reason, it is imperative you entrust your case to a powerful advocate who can provide the unbiased and aggressive representation you need. With years of experience and access to the most up-to-date legal resources, Conroe Criminal Defense Attorney Douglas W. Atkinson can help you level the playing field against the opposition's claims and give you a fighting chance. Your future is far too important to leave up to chance. Make sure it is in good hands.

Get in touch with Attorney Atkinson today to take the first step towards retaining the powerful defense you deserve.