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What Is Prescription Drug DUI?


Driving under the influence is a serious crime and can have severe consequences. While most people often associate DUI with alcohol, you can also face DUI charges even if you are taking prescription medication.

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of people charged with prescription drug DUI. Understanding prescription drug DUI charges can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case if you ever face such charges.

Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug DUI refers to the act of driving under the influence of prescription medication. Like alcohol and illegal drugs, certain medicated drugs can significantly affect your body and have adverse side effects that can impair your driving ability. As such, driving under the influence of prescription medication can lead to a DUI charge, regardless of whether the medication was legally obtained.

Some common types of medication that can impair your driving ability include:

  • Painkillers
  • Sedatives
  • Sleep aids
  • Anti-anxiety medications

These medications can cause drowsiness, dizziness, lack of coordination, and slowed reaction time, among other symptoms that can impair your driving ability.

What Are the Penalties for Prescription Drug DUI?

DUI penalties are the same regardless of the substance that caused impairment. This means that with everything else being the same, a conviction for an alcohol-related DUI could result in the same penalties as a prescription drug DUI conviction.

If found guilty, you can face hefty fines, probation, license suspension, and even jail time.

Contact a Lawyer for Legal Assistance

Prescription drug DUI is a serious charge, and it is crucial to understand the legal implications and how to defend yourself if you ever face such charges. Remember to always read the medication labels, and if you are ever in doubt, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

If you are charged with DUI because of a medication you’re taking, you need professional legal help. Contact the Law Office of Steven Fine now to get started.