Most people are aware of the fact that they can be arrested for driving on an illegal drug, however, most people are shocked to find out that they can be arrested for driving under the influence of a lawfully-prescribed medication.
If you have been charged with a prescription medication DUI, you need to take this matter seriously. It is not a defense to simply tell the judge that you are prescribed these medications. You need an experienced DUI attorney who will fight for you. Your future, your reputation, and your freedom are on the line, don't fight this charge on your own.
How Can Someone Get a Medication DUI?
A Medication DUI can arise from a wide range of medications, including:
- Over-the-counter medications
- Cold and allergy medications
- Other valid prescriptions
- Any medicines that cause drowsiness
Police officers use their own discretion when assessing impairment from a prescription drug. They often make an assumption based on assumption or "instinct". These assumptions are frequently not based on fact, which means they could lead to the arrest of a completely innocent individual.
More and more I am seeing people arrested for DUI based upon prescription medications. Over 70% of Americans take at least one prescription medication. Police are using this to their advantage. If they pull someone over for DUI and find that the person is not over the legal limit for alcohol, they create a reason to perform a blood draw and charge the individual with DUI based upon prescription medications. If it turns out there is no medication in the individuals blood, no skin off their teeth, however, just playing the odds, it turns out that many times there is a prescription medication found in the blood test.
To learn more about what and who goes into charging someone with a medication DUI visit this web-page. I explain who Drug Recognition Experts are and the uses of blood tests.
Prescription Drug DUI charges rest heavily on assumptions and judgment calls made by an arresting officer. This means that by crafting a strong defense, you can effectively fight these charges.
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