While driving under the influence brings to mind cases of individuals impaired by alcohol or marijuana when behind the wheel, the use of prescription drugs can also lead to a person being charged with DUI. Prescription drugs have the ability to affect drivers in ways that can be seen as dangerous, and law enforcement can use prescription drugs against a driver in court. This is precisely what happened to actress Amanda Bynes
Prescription Drugs Equal to Illegal Drugs Under the Law
Early on Sunday morning, August 28, Amanda Bynes was arrested in Sherman Oaks, California after stopping in the middle of the intersection at a red light. Bynes was pulled over and field sobriety tests were conducted. She was then evaluated by a drug recognition expert who determined she was under the influence of drugs. Bynes claimed that she had taken Adderall that day, and police arrested her for driving under the influence of a drug.
It is important to know that California law dictates that just because a person may be legally allowed to use a prescription drug does not mean that a person is able to drive a vehicle while taking these drugs. Under the law, there is no distinction between legal and illegal drugs. However, there is also no standard in place that determines how much of a legal drug a person can have in their system before it is considered dangerous.
Being convicted of driving under the influence of prescription drugs can carry the same legal consequences as an alcohol-related DUI. Because of this, it is important that a person does not go to trial on their own to combat these charges. Let the attorneys at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. fight for you!