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Behind the Haze: Can you get a DWI on Purple Drank in Texas?

For many, the allure of pop culture often entwines with the latest trends and fashions. While this can be innocuous when it pertains to the latest music or fashion, it becomes significantly more treacherous when substances are involved. One such trend that has experienced a surge in popularity is the consumption of "Purple Drank", also known as "sizzurp", "lean", or "dirty Sprite". Though the casual naming might lead some to believe it's harmless, the legal and health implications of this substance are anything but.

At Zendeh Del & Associates, PLLC, we pride ourselves on staying ahead of the curve to best serve our clients. In today's post, we delve deep into the world of Purple Drank and its implications under DWI laws in Texas.

What is Purple Drank?

Purple Drank is a concoction made from prescription-strength cough syrup, soft drinks (typically Sprite), and candy (like Jolly Ranchers). It gives the user a sedative and woozy feeling, and when consumed in excess, it can lead to severe medical complications or even death.

It gained traction in the hip-hop community in the Southern United States, and its recreational use has been popularized by several celebrities. Unfortunately, its pop culture references mask the gravity of its effects.

The Legal Implications of Purple Drank in Texas

Given the potent nature of its ingredients, driving under the influence of Purple Drank can lead to significant impairment. Texas law does not merely restrict itself to alcohol when discussing DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) offenses. Any substance, including Purple Drank, which impairs a person's normal faculties, can land you a DWI charge.

If you're found driving under the influence of this beverage, the repercussions can be severe, especially if it results in an accident. Law enforcement officers are trained to detect impaired driving, whether it's due to alcohol, drugs, or concoctions like Purple Drank.

The Health Risks

Beyond the legal implications, Purple Drank poses significant health risks. The combination of prescription-strength codeine, a sedative, and the sugar and caffeine from soft drinks and candies can lead to:

  • Respiratory depression
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Potential death

With such severe health risks, one may wonder why it's so popular. The answer lies in its portrayal as a trendy, harmless beverage by certain media outlets and celebrities. It's imperative, especially for younger individuals, to be aware of its dangers.

Defending a DWI Charge from Purple Drank Consumption

If you or someone you know faces DWI charges related to Purple Drank, it's essential to seek experienced legal counsel immediately. DWI law in Texas is intricate, and having specialized representation can make the difference between a conviction and a dismissal. Purple Drank would be a “drug DWI” and many cops are not properly trained (or trained at all) on drug DWIs. We have been successful many times in keeping out evidence of intoxication in drug DWI cases where the police offices were not properly trained on drug intoxication. A police officer’s testimony has to be backed on training, experience, and science.

Jonathan Zendeh Del, a DWI super lawyer and owner of Zendeh Del & Associates, PLLC, has built a reputation as one of the best DWI lawyers in the state. With the expertise and understanding that few can match, our firm is equipped to challenge the evidence and represent you aggressively.

It's not just about understanding the law. It's about understanding the nuances of each case – from the substances involved to the intricacies of field sobriety tests and other evidence collection methods employed by law enforcement.


While pop culture trends will come and go, the legal and health ramifications of following them can have lifelong consequences. Purple Drank, despite its catchy monikers and celebrity endorsements, is a dangerous substance with significant repercussions for those who choose to drive under its influence.

Should you find yourself or someone you know facing the consequences of a DWI in Texas, know that Zendeh Del & Associates, PLLC is here to help. With an unparalleled track record in DWI defense and a 24/7 hotline at (409) 740-1111, we're always available to assist you in your time of need.

Remember, your future is too valuable to be left to chance. Trust the experts, and ensure you have the best defense possible.