DUI and Drug Lawyer in Houston
Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs
Many Texas DWI arrests today involve driving while under impaired by drugs. Whether by drugs or alcohol or both, in Texas it's still called Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).
Drugs, whether they are illegal substances like cocaine or legal prescriptions such as hydrocodone, can lead to an illegal level of intoxication for drivers on the road. Drivers who are under the influence of drugs have a delayed reaction time, poor judgment, and low functioning motor skills.
Law enforcement officers and throughout Texas are always trying to come up with more ways to crack down on drivers who are impaired by drugs. Charges of driving under the influence of drugs are handled in the same way as DWI's involving alcohol, but the main difference lies in the way that the impairment is detected.
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When a police officer pulls a driver over on suspicion of drugged driving, detecting the drugs is not as simple as detecting the presence of alcohol. Drugged drivers may exhibit slurred speech, shakes, and difficulty walking, but officers often have a difficult time proving these behaviors in court.
Houston has worked to maintain 100 "drug recognition experts" who are capable of going to a scene and analyzing suspects to determine if they are under the influence of drugs. Chemical tests and blood tests are frequently used to try and detect the presence of drugs in a body. From marijuana to controlled substances and prescription drugs, drugs have a different impact on every driver depending on their body, the amount of drugs taken, and other factors as well.
If you are convicted of DWI and drugs, you may face similar penalties to other DWI offenses. Some of these severe penalties may include fines up to $2,000, days, weeks or months in jail, license suspension, drug rehabilitation and education classes, and more.
If you were driving with a child passenger who is fifteen years of age or younger at the time of your DWI, the charges may be elevated to fines of up to $10,000 or state jail time of 180 days or 2 years.
Protection from a DWI Lawyer
One of the first things that you must do after you have been arrested for DWI and drugs is to contact a legal advocate who can defend your rights. You need an experienced trial attorney who knows what the law says about your case and how you can fight the evidence brought against you. When you call a DWI lawyer at the Law Offices of Q. Tate Williams, P.C., you will receive the help you need.
I have been fighting for the rights of those accused of crimes in Texas for over a decade, and I am fiercely committed to every case I take on. Above all, my clients' wishes come first. In order to help you reach your goals for your criminal case, I may enlist the help of other professionals and forensic scientists in order to challenge the breath test, blood test or chemical test that was used to accuse you of DWI. With a thorough review of your case, I can often discover mistakes, weaknesses and violations of your rights that may lead to the charges against you being reduced or dismiss altogether.
Call my office today to schedule a consultation and to learn about the many ways that I can protect your rights.