DWI & Drugs Charges in Fort Bend, TX
Fort Bend DWI Lawyer for DWI & Drugs Charges
Are you accused of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, such as marihuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, prescription drugs or other substance? The increase of abuse of prescription drugs has become a focus of law enforcement throughout the state and at higher levels of government. There has been an increase in cases of DWI & drugs as a result of specific training and the determination to identify and arrest those who are operating a vehicle while under the influence of a prescription medication. The evidence in these cases includes testimony from witnesses, a blood toxicology report that identifies the drug, as well as police reports and other data. When pulled over under suspicion of DWI, the ordinary situation is to get a breath test. You are required under state law to submit to a breath or blood test. When law enforcement believes you are under the influence of drugs, a blood test will be required. There is also the necessity of other evidence that leads them to believe you are under the influence, including your driving conduct, whether you are acting in a manner that indicates some type of drug intoxication, or a case in which drugs are in evidence in the vehicle, such as marijuana smoke.
Many medications are prescribed for a wide range of conditions. Some of these medications have side effects that could impair ability to operate a vehicle. Even a legally prescribed medication may lead to a charge of DWI and drugs. A "drug recognition expert" could be called to the scene and asked to make a determination about drug intoxication. A drug toxicology test could identify a range of prescriptions in the system of the driver, including Hydrocodone, Ambien, Percocet, Codeine, Xanax, Vicodin, and others, as well as "recreational" drugs such as marijuana, PCP, ecstasy, meth, heroin, morphine, LSD, and others. If your blood toxicology report comes back positive for any of these substances, you can face charges of DWI & drugs, and face some very heavy legal consequences.
Challenging Blood Toxicology Reports
I have personally cross-examined many blood toxicology experts, and I know what to look for in evidence, and what potential flaws could exist in a blood toxicology report. For example, certain physical conditions could influence a blood test. My experience in challenging this evidence and success rate in court can be a great benefit to you if you are accused of driving while under the influence of any pharmaceutical or "street drug." Cross examination is an art, and a great depth of understanding of the science behind the report is critical if you hope to gain ground in challenging a blood toxicology expert. I have the knowledge, skills and experience that can benefit you in this aspect of your case.
Penalties for Drug DWI in Texas
The penalties for driving under the influence of drugs, whether illegal drugs, legally prescribed drugs or illegally obtained pharmaceuticals can be extremely high, particularly in case in which an accident has taken place that resulted in injuries or death. These are felony offenses, with mandatory minimum sentences in state prison, huge fines and other repercussions. It is imperative that you are protected by with professional representation, or your life and future could be irreparably damaged. You will face the possibility of being restricted from carrying certain professional licenses, from owning a firearm, and many other important issues. A convicted felon will face long term consequences that are life-changing. I urge you to contact my firm before your case moves further through the criminal justice system. The earlier I can take action for you, the more opportunities you have to change the course of the case.