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Houston Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Attorneys

As drunk driving laws are meant to keep intoxicated individuals off the roads, these same laws target drivers who are under the influence of other drugs. There is little legal difference between Texas state laws concerning alcohol-related driving and drug-related driving, other than associated charges that may come from illegal drug possession. For those who abuse drugs while on the road, the potential consequences are severe.

Although the law aims to come down hard on drivers who use drugs while driving, a police officer may not fully understand or recognize a driver’s circumstances prior to an arrest. An unexpected complication with an over-the-counter medication or side-effect of a prescription drug may cause an officer to believe a driver is intoxicated when, in actuality, they are not. For more information about your legal rights if you have been charged with this offense, contact the Houston driving under the influence of drugs lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-222-0400 today.

Penalties for Driving Under the Influence

Usually abbreviated to DUID, driving under the influence of drugs is a serious charge with equally serious penalties. These punitive measures include:

  • Loss or suspension of driver’s license
  • Jail sentence
  • Probationary period
  • Fines

Although the law is primarily intended to keep drivers off the road if they are under the influence of illegal drugs, there also may be complications that arise when otherwise legal over-the-counter drugs are taken.

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The state treats use of prescription drugs by drivers similarly to the use of alcohol. Drivers facing these charges should discuss their legal rights with an experienced defense attorney. Contact the Houston driving under the influence of drugs attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., today by calling 713-222-0400 for a free consultation.