Fort Worth Texas Drug-Related DWI Attorneys
Skilled team successfully represents those charged with drugged driving
In Texas, the term “driving while intoxicated” (DWI) is not limited to driving while under the influence of alcohol. The “intoxicated” refers to impairment due to consumption of alcohol, drugs, a controlled substance, a dangerous drug, or any combination of two or more of these or other substances. It is also known as “drugged driving” or driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). If you have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, it is important to understand your rights, the tests that may legally be administered, and the penalties you face. The experienced drugged driving attorneys at the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker protect the rights of those charged with drugged driving, fighting on your behalf every step of the way.
Do I have to submit to drug testing?
In Texas, if you are charged with a DWI, you are required by law to submit to chemical testing. Under the state’s “implied consent” law, anyone with a Texas driver’s license has consented to taking one or more chemical tests to determine the concentration of alcohol or drugs in the body. The officer decides which test to administer and it must be given as soon as possible after the time you were operating a vehicle. Once that test is administered, you have the right to request a blood test by a medical professional of your choosing within two hours of your arrest.
What happens if I refuse a breathalyzer or blood test?
You may refuse to take the breathalyzer test or the blood test. However, there are consequences for doing so. If this is your first DWI/DUID in Texas and you refuse the chemical tests, you will have your driver’s license suspended for a 180 day period. Refusing to submit to the testing a second time or more within ten years results in having your driver’s license suspended for two years.
Can I be charged with DWI if my BAC is below the limit?
Yes. A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% is considered intoxicated for those 21 and over. However, this test is not the only method used to determine if you are impaired. If your BAC is below 0.08%, you may still be charged with DWI if the officer at the scene determines that you are impaired through a field sobriety test and other observations.
Our Fort Worth & Southlake Texas DWI lawyers protect your rights
Protect your future – have an experienced drugged driving attorney at your side to fight on your behalf. The DUID/DWI lawyers at the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker are experienced in drugged driving cases and effectively advocate for the rights of their clients. Contact the office today at 817-332-7703 or online to arrange a free consultation to discuss your circumstances of your case.