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What You Should Know about Legal Drugs and DWI

A person can be charged with DWI if they are found to be driving while impaired by the effects of legal drugs. If these drugs interfere with one’s ability to focus on the road or to operate a vehicle, the law requires him or her to forego driving until the impairment ceases. In the absence of a concrete threshold, such as the one established by a 0.08 BAC limit, DWI cases relating to the use of medications can fall into a grey area. This often works to the benefit of the defendant.

If you have been arrested on DWI charges because of impairment due to the use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs, it is strongly advisable to seek the counsel of a skilled and experienced legal advocate. Contact a Houston criminal defense attorney of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-523-0404.

Types of Legal Drugs That May Cause Impairment

Drivers using legal drugs while on the road are exceedingly common, as many people may not think twice about taking their prescription medications or an over-the-counter treatment. However, these drugs can have a profound effect on a person’s driving ability. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that some sort of drug may impair as many as 16 percent of all nighttime drivers.

The following kinds of medications are particularly likely to have a negative effect on an individual’s ability to remain focused and attentive behind the wheel:

  • Antidepressants
  • Sedatives
  • Narcotic analgesics
  • Stimulants

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If you are facing DWI charges on the basis of medication-related impairment, we can help you to vigorously protect your legal rights and interests. Contact a Houston criminal defense attorney of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., by calling 713-523-0404 today.