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Can I be arrested for drugged driving in Texas?

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2023 | Drug Crimes |

DWI (Driving under the influence of drugs), commonly known as drugged driving, is a serious offense in Texas.

Drugged driving involves the operation of a vehicle while impaired by the influence of drugs. These substances can include prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and illegal narcotics.

Texas laws on drugged driving

The state has stringent laws in place to deter drugged driving. Residents and visitors alike ought to be aware of these laws to avoid legal consequences.

Police officers in the Lone Star State may request a blood test if they have probable cause to believe a driver is behind the wheel under the influence of drugs. Unlike alcohol-related offenses, where a breathalyzer is commonly used, identifying drug impairment requires a more thorough analysis of blood samples.

Even prescription medications can lead to impairment, and the state’s law considers driving under the influence of prescription drugs as seriously as illicit substances. Therefore, individuals taking prescription medications should understand the potential side effects that they may experience and exercise caution when behind the wheel accordingly.

Penalties for drugged driving

Texas imposes severe penalties for those convicted of drugged driving. These penalties can include fines, license suspension, mandatory drug education programs and even imprisonment.

The severity of the consequences often depends on factors such as the type of drug involved, prior offenses and the presence of minors in the vehicle. Drugged driving offenders may face fines, license suspension for up to 180 days and mandatory participation in a drug education program.

Understanding the legal consequences of drugged driving, recognizing the signs of impairment and seeking legal advice when needed are critical steps to help ensure compliance with the law and maintain road safety alike. If mistakes are made, seeking legal guidance is also critically important in the wake of an arrest.

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