A DUI charge goes beyond alcohol and can be applied to street drugs, prescription, and over-the-counter medications that have the capacity to impair your driving ability. Receiving a driving while impaired, even applies to the now legal marijuana. Even though it is now legal to have a certain amount of marijuana, it is still illegal to drive a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, regardless if they are legal, prescribed, or illegal, you are subject to submit yourself to chemical testing from your blood or urine. Having the medical professional perform the blood draw or urine test can ensure accuracy and precision. If the medical professional who took your blood does not follow the proper procedure, the evidence may not be considered suitable enough for a DUI/DWI conviction and can be thrown out as evidence used against you.

If you are taking any over-the-counter medication or prescription drug, you should be aware of the side effects it may have on you and your body. Most prescriptions will have a warning if you should not operate a motor vehicle while on the medication. Some of the side effects that can be felt from medication or drugs are:

  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Slow reflexes and reaction times

All of these side effects can drastically impair your driving ability, putting yourself and the lives of others at risk for serious injury or death. Driving while under the influence of any kind of drug is a serious offense and you will be penalized the same way that driving under the influence of alcohol is treated. Your first, second, or third DUI offense will be treated the same regardless if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a DUI for my medication prescribed by my doctor?

Yes! It doesn’t matter if you are driving under the influence of alcohol, street drugs, or prescribed/over-the-counter drugs. Driving while impaired (DWI) can apply to any substance that weakens your ability to drive safely.

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