DWI & Drug Use Charges in Texas
DWI Charges Involving Illegal or Abused Substances
People think of DWI as an alcohol offense, but you can also face DWI charges for driving under the influence of drugs (or any other intoxicating substance). It doesn't matter whether the drug in question is an illegal drug like marijuana, a legal prescription drug for which you have a valid prescription, or common over-the-counter medications.
For example, some cold and flu medicines contain sleeping aides and could easily be confused with their non-drowsy counterparts. The State of Texas considers any substance that could impair your driving to fit under the umbrella term DWI.
A criminal charge for driving while intoxicated (DWI) is that your mental or physical faculties are impaired. That could mean that you seem confused, your reaction times have slowed, or you are easily distracted, not paying enough attention to changing road conditions.
Why You Need a Skilled Defense Attorney in Dallas
At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we provide serious legal defense for people in the greater Dallas area who have been charged with a drug-related driving offense (DWI). We know how to fight for our clients. Defense attorney Chris Lewis has more than 10 years of experience handling criminal cases in Texas courts. He was named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40" by D Magazine in 2004 and 2006, and a "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2005-2009. He is ready to help you.
Police officers have ultimate discretion as to whether to request a blood alcohol test or a breathalyzer. If the officer on the scene feels that your impaired thinking or reflexes are due to drugs, prepare yourself for a blood test. Drug recognitions experts (DREs) could also be called to the scene to perform distinctive field sobriety tests aimed at detecting the differences between drug and alcohol impairment. What is important for you to know is that there are still defense options even in drug intoxication DWI cases. Get the legal help you need. Contact our Dallas law office.
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