Drug DWIs in Texas | What You Need to Know

While most of us associate DWIs with driving while under the influence of alcohol, you should understand that you may also receive a DWI if law enforcement determines that you were driving while under the influence of drugs. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Houston criminal defense attorneys to learn more about drug DWIs and how we can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What happens if I am charged with a first-offense drug DWI in Texas?

For a first-offense drug DWI in Texas, you will most likely face far more than a simple “slap on the wrist.” Unfortunately, if you are convicted of a first-offense drug DWI, you will face a Class B misdemeanor charge, which most likely comes with the following penalties:

  • At least 72 hours in jail (up to 180 days in jail)
  • A potential fine of up to $2,000
  • If you had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle at the time of your arrest, you will have to spend up to six days in jail.

What are the penalties for a second drug DWI in Texas?

If this is your second drug DWI offense in Texas, you can now expect Texas courts to treat you as a repeat offender. This means that you will most likely face a Class A misdemeanor charge that comes with at least 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. Keep in mind that for a second offense, you may spend up to one year in jail, which, rather obviously, can drastically affect your life. Our firm is here to help you fight those charges.

Will I go to jail if I am convicted of a third drug DWI in Texas?

A third drug DWI charge will most likely land you in jail for anywhere between two and ten years in prison. Furthermore, this is a third-degree felony, which will establish a criminal record that will most likely haunt you for years to come. Additionally, you will also face a potential $10,000 fine. The bottom line is that if you are facing drug DWI charges, whether for a first, second, third, or subsequent offense, you must retain the services of a knowledgeable Texas criminal defense attorney as soon as you can.


We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.