Tennessee Criminal Defense

How Prescription Drugs Can Lead to a DUI

Regardless of how your driving impairment came to be, Tennessee regards it a crime to drive while under the influence. While this is a very clear-cut matter when it comes to alcohol and illegal drugs, the laws become slightly vaguer when it comes to legal prescription drugs.

DO CERTAIN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR ME TO DRIVE?

Prescription drugs often have a warning label attached if the drug would cause considerable impairment while operating “heavy machinery” or a car. If you took your regular prescription and it was labeled as such, you might have a more difficult time fighting your DUI charges.

Prescription drugs that commonly lead to a DUI may include the following:

  • Oxycontin
  • Fentanyl
  • Lunesta
  • Valium
  • Ritalin
  • Vicodin
  • Codeine
  • Ambien
  • Morphine
  • Xanax
  • Adderall

The fact that the drug was prescribed to you by a doctor will not hold up as a defense in your case. Unfortunately, unlike alcohol, there isn’t a minimum threshold of use that would necessarily convict you of DUI. This means that even if you are found with a trace amount of prescription drugs in your system, you could be subject to penalties. The penalties for prescription drugs leading to a DUI are the same as alcohol-related DUI penalties.

FIGHT YOUR CHARGES WITH A MURFREESBORO DUI ATTORNEY!

If you have been charged with DUI while on prescription drugs, you should contact a skilled defense attorney as soon as possible. Don’t incriminate yourself by saying anything about the medications you may be on or how much you might be taking. Speaking with an experienced legal team can help you evaluate your legal options and start your case off right. We are backed by years of experience and have handled thousands of cases on behalf of clients facing a variety of charges.

To learn more about your case, contact Joshua T. Crain, Attorneys at Law today!

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