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Can You Get a DUI While Using Prescription Drugs in Washington D.C.?

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At Lotze Mosley, LLP, our Washington D.C. DUI defense attorneys know driving under the influence is the crime of driving, operating, or being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, including recreational drugs, over-the-counter medication, and those prescribed by a physician.

While prescription medications are legal when used as prescribed by a doctor, if these medications affect your ability to drive safely, you can still be charged with a DUI.

DUI While Using Prescription Drugs in Washington D.C.

Beware the Possible Side Effects of Prescription Medications

It’s important to follow your doctor’s advice regarding any warnings related to driving while taking prescription medications.

Common side effects include:

  • Blurred vision.
  • Confusion.
  • Dizziness.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Poor concentration.
  • Shakiness.
  • Slow reaction time.

If you have been pulled over for exhibiting any of these signs, law enforcement may believe you are intoxicated and have probable cause for asking you to submit to a field sobriety test or chemical test.

Field Sobriety Tests

Law enforcement officers may use field sobriety tests to assess impairment, and they are trained to recognize signs of impairment due to both alcohol and drugs. If you fail these tests, you may be arrested for DUI.

Chemical Tests

If you are suspected of DUI, you may be asked to undergo chemical tests (blood or urine tests) to determine the presence of drugs in your system. Refusing these tests can have legal consequences, including potential license suspension.

It’s essential to be aware of how prescription medications may affect your ability to drive and to follow any warnings provided by your healthcare provider or included with your medications. If you are taking prescription drugs that may cause impairment, it’s advisable to avoid driving until you are sure of how the medication affects you.

If you are facing DUI charges in Washington, D.C., due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it’s crucial to consult with a criminal defense attorney who can provide guidance based on the specific details of your case.

Contact our skilled Criminal Defense Attorneys in Washington D.C.

Contact our skilled criminal defense attorneys in Washington D.C. at Lotze Mosley, LLP, by calling (202)-393-0535. This will ensure your rights are protected from the beginning so you can make informed decisions about your future.

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