An Overview of Texas Drugged Driving (DUID) Laws

An Overview of Texas Drugged Driving (DUID) Laws

In the state of Texas, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of prescription or illicit drugs. Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is a serious offense that can expose a person to the possibility of harsh legal consequences such as jail time and expensive fines. Since there is no set standard for measuring a person’s intoxication from drugs, unlike alcohol, drivers believed to be under the influence of drugs are prosecuted on a case-by-case basis. Having a valid prescription or other entitlement to be under the influence of a drug is not a useable defense against DUID charges.

What are the Penalties for DUID in Texas?

Penalties for a DUID conviction will vary in severity depending on several different factors, including a driver’s record of previous DUID offenses, whether or not the defendant refused to submit to a chemical test, whether an open alcohol container was found in the defendant’s vehicle, and whether or not a minor under the age of 15 was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the defendant’s arrest.

For a first offense, penalties can include:

  • Up to $2,000 in fines
  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • Up to 100 hours of community service
  • One year driver’s license suspension

A second DUID offense can bring the following consequences:

  • Fines up to $4,000
  • Up to one year in jail
  • A maximum of 200 hours of community service
  • Driver’s license suspension for up to two years

Finally, third and subsequent offenses can bring the most serious penalties:

  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Up to 10 years in jail
  • Up to 600 hours of community service
  • Driver’s license suspension lasting up to two years

In addition to these legal consequences, a DUID conviction can have a massive impact on a person’s reputation and ability to find employment, as many employers have a tendency to overlook applicants with criminal records. If you have been arrested on DUID charges, it is imperative that you retain the services of a high-powered attorney to protect yourself against the possibility of serving these harsh penalties.

Arrested? Contact a Hard-Hitting Fort Worth DWI Lawyer

If you are facing charges for a drugged driving offenses, a high-caliber criminal defense attorney from the Law Office of Samuel R. Terry, P.C. can protect your rights in court and advocate for a reduction or dismissal of your charges. Having earned a 2014 Super Lawyers® Rising Starsâ„  designation and a Top Lawyers honor by Fort Worth Texas Magazine, Attorney Samuel Terry can provide the aggressive defense you need to maximize your chances of securing a desirable outcome.

For more information, call his office today at (817) 756-1817 to request a free consultation.