Prescription Drug DWI
Prescription drugs can be vital to your health. However, prescription drugs
can impair one's driving, even if taken in the amount specified by
your physician. Many prescriptions such as Valium, Flexeril, and Hydrocodone
have similar side effects. These side effects include dizziness and drowsiness,
as well as confusion and some memory problems. Each of these side effects
can be used as evidence for probable cause to stop you for impaired driving.
If these kinds of prescription drugs are found in your system, they can
be used as evidence that you were driving while impaired, regardless of
the amount found. If an officer has probable cause to stop a vehicle due
to impaired driving, the field sobriety tests that he may ask you to perform
are the same for an alcohol DWI (the one leg stand, the walk and turn,
and the HGN).
One of the major differences in prescription drug impairment, in contrast
to alcohol impairment, is that there is no minimum legal limit for prescription drugs.
Even if you pass all of the standardized field sobriety tests with flying
colors, you may have your breath, urine, and blood tested for impairing
substances. If the inspecting officer finds even the slightest trace of
impairing substance, you may be convicted of driving while impaired. Because
there is no legal limit of prescription drugs that you can have in your
system while driving, all that is required to make an arrest is a trace
of these selected prescription drugs with potentially impairing side effects.
Fight a Prescription Drug DWI with Our Help
If you or a loved one has been charged with a
DWI while on medication, it is crucial that you contact a
criminal defense lawyer immediately. The consequences of being convicted of a
DWI charge are difficult to endure, and no one should be wrongly accused,
especially in a case if you were taking prescription medicine. Do not
allow the pressures of a DWI charge to cause you to make a wrong decision.
You need an attorney who will carefully assess the evidence of your case
and will defend you energetically and persuasively against false or twisted
evidence, in addition to actively protecting your constitutional rights.
Contact our firm as soon as possible to fight for your rights!