Not only can you be charged with a
DWI for driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs in Texas,
you can also be charged while operating a vehicle on prescription drugs.
Although pain medication is typically the main accomplice, other medications
– like over-the-counter drugs – may equally impair a person’s
ability to drive.
Aren’t Prescription Drugs Legal?
It is a common misconception that if something is considered legal, such
as prescription medications, then a person under the influence is able
to avoid criminal charges involving the use of the controlled substances.
In the eyes of the law, however, that is not the case.
Consider prescribed medication like alcohol. Alcohol consumption is technically
legal for those who are 21 years of age or older. But when alcohol consumption
is combined with operating a motor vehicle, it can result in possible
DWI charges. So the practice of taking prescription medicine is fine on
its own, as long as it is not combined with driving.
Commonly prescribed medications that are known to increase your chances
of getting arrested in Texas include:
- Tylenol PM
Keep in mind, a first-time DWI conviction is considered a Class B misdemeanor.
This misdemeanor is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 180 days and
a maximum fine of $2,000.
If you were arrested for and charged with a DWI in Texas and need experienced
contact our Fort Worth criminal defense attorney at
Jerry Loftin & Associates for a
free consultation today.