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Have You Been Accused of Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs?

It is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, but did you know that you can still be charged with DUI for driving under the influence of legally obtained substances? Many prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs can make a person drowsy or dizzy, which can impair their ability to drive a vehicle. Even cough syrup can result in a DUI!

Common drugs associated with prescription drug DUI include:

  • Sleep aids
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Pain medications
  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Decongestants

A DUI charge can happen to anyone at any time – even to those who have never been in trouble with the law before. If you are being accused of driving under the influence of prescription drugs, you should immediately contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to discuss your case with an Orange County DUI attorney.

Penalties for DUI with Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug DUI can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the circumstances of the case. A first offense for DUI is punishable by three to five years of informal probation, a $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail, a driver’s license suspension of up to six months, and DUI school. However, aggravating circumstances such as property damage, excessive speed, or injuries, or previous DUI or other criminal convictions, could result in more severe penalties.

A drug DUI will stay on your criminal record for 10 years, which can be harmful to your reputation and make it difficult when seeking insurance, employment, and more. If you are arrested for DUI again in the future, a prescription drug offense will count as a previous offense, subjecting you to increased penalties.

Potential Defenses to Prescription Drug DUI

Prescription drug DUI is a serious offense, but an experienced Orange County DUI attorney may be able to apply one of the following defenses to your case:

  • Physical appearance. A police officer may claim that you looked like you were driving under the influence of drugs. While this may have given them probable cause to arrest you, it does not prove drugged driving on its own.
  • Chemical testing. While chemical testing may reveal the presence of prescription drugs in your system, it does not prove that you were driving under the influence. Many substances can stay in the body for weeks after use. If you submitted to a chemical test and the results came back positive for a prescription drug, an attorney may be able to challenge the evidence and potentially help you avoid a conviction.

Schedule a Free & Confidential Consultation

If you have been accused of prescription drug DUI in Orange County, you need a seasoned criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and liberty. Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. After a thorough analysis of the facts of your case, we can determine which defense strategy may be available to you with the goal of having your charges reduced or dismissed.

Call today to get started: (877) DUI-QUEEN.

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