Can Prescription Drugs Lead to a DUI?

Did you know that DUI charges don’t just include alcohol? “Driving under the influence” can also include anything that can cause you to be in an inebriated or inhibited mental state while operating a vehicle. While illegal drugs and narcotics are also frequently the source of DUI charges, what most people don’t realize is that you can be arrested and charged with DUI if you are found driving while under the influence of prescription drugs as well. Even if the drug was legally prescribed by a doctor and you were under their orders to take it, you are still required to remain uninhibited while driving.

How Can I Be Arrested?

Driving while under the influence of drugs is much harder to spot. Most medications actually have very little to no influence over someone’s ability to drive, ensuring they are completely safe. However, those which can have side effects including nausea, fatigue, reduced reaction time, or anything along those lines, mixing them with driving can have disastrous results.

Drivers who are under the influence of these drugs tend to show similar behaviors to those who are under the influence of alcohol, which generally makes them fairly easy for a trained law enforcement officer to spot. Behaviors such as weaving in lanes, stopping too late and slamming on brakes, swerving, forgetting to turn on headlights, and more are all signs of potential intoxication and could lead to someone being stopped.

However, there is no breathalyzer for prescription drugs. Rather, when an arrest is made, the individual is usually taken to the closest law enforcement station where they are subjected to a blood test to determine if any intoxicating chemicals are present.

This means it’s important for all drivers who are starting new medication or continuing a recently-used medication to be careful. There’s a reason why medicine advertisements will usually implore users to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until they know how the medication will affect them.

Have you been arrested and charged with driving under the influence? The Law Offices of Mark Girdner can help! Having previously served as a Deputy District Attorney, Attorney Girdner can provide your case with the experience and knowledge of having sat on the other side of the courtroom in order to help you reach the best possible solution to your case.

Call the Law Offices of Mark Girdner today at (209) 326-1533 to request a free consultation and get help with your DUI case as soon as possible!
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