Can I Get a DUI Prescription Medication?

April 19, 2020

You can be charged with DUI involving prescription drugs and face the same penalties as a DUI involving alcohol or illegal controlled substances. It doesn’t matter if you have the drug legally and hold a valid prescription. A law enforcement officer can charge you with DUI if they believe that you are in actual physical control of a vehicle and that your “normal faculties” are impaired by prescription drugs. Some of the prescription drugs are:

  • Vicodin
  • Percocet
  • Ambien
  • Fentanyl
  • Morphine
  • Quaaludes
  • Suboxone
  • Alprazolam
  • Oxycododone
  • Atavan
  • Klonopin

For a DUI involving prescription drugs, the law enforcement officer is looking at your “normal faculties” and that includes the ability to walk, see, hear, talk, make judgements (such as judge distances) and perform daily mental and physical tasks. If the law enforcement believes that your “normal faculties” are impaired due to prescription drug use then they will likely charge you with a DUI. The penalties for a first conviction of DUI involving prescription drugs are: $500-$1000 fine, 50 hours of community service, 6 months or up to 1 years driver’s license suspension, up to 6 months incarceration, DUI School, and vehicle immobilization.

Given the serious impacts that a DUI can have on you or your loved one, you need to hire an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney immediately if you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI. Call an attorney at KJ LAW today to discuss your case and legal remedies.

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