What Can I Do If I’m Accused of Drugged Driving?

Photo of an arrest taking placeMost cases of DUI stem from drinking and driving or using illegal drugs, but it is not uncommon for the legal use of prescription drugs to result in impaired driving and even your arrest.

Texas, along with every other state, commonly convicts drivers that use legal prescription drugs and caused a car accident, since it conforms to the definition of a DUI.

  • You were driving the vehicle, which is to say you were making it move and were in control of the steering, and
  • You were intoxicated or under the influence, which means your ability to drive was affected by drinking alcohol or taking a drug, legal or otherwise.

As of now, there is no comparable grading scale similar to the blood alcohol test. That means that without further study, there is no way to gauge how much of a certain drug it takes to impair a driver.

How to Deal with a DUI Charge

After you’ve been arrested, you will have to go before a judge for your arraignment, which is when you will be officially charged. At the arraignment you will have to enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty. While it is not necessary, you may want to have an attorney with you at this point.

If you plead not guilty, you will have a few options to choose from after your arraignment. You can either:

  • Change your plea to guilty
  • Negotiate a plea bargain
  • Request a trial

If you decide to go to trial or negotiate a plea bargain, it is highly advisable to hire a DUI defense attorney. The experience and knowledge that a lawyer can be invaluable when talking about a reduced plea deal or mounting a defense.

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