Can I Be Arrested for DUI Based on My Prescription Medication?
DuPage County Drug DUI Defense Lawyers
It is possible for you to be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) based on a medication that you are taking as prescribed by your doctor. If a police officer has probable cause to believe that your ability to drive has been impaired by any drug, including a prescription medication, you could be arrested and charged with DUI.
Millions of Americans rely on prescription drugs to help them treat and control a nearly endless list of health conditions. Many prescription medications are known to have side effects that include drowsiness and decreased alertness. In fact, some prescription drugs have warning labels that remind patients not to operate heavy machinery while on the medication. These types of medications can also affect your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, and having a valid prescription will not automatically prevent you from being charged with a DUI.
Protecting Your Rights in Illinois
If you are arrested and charged with a DUI related to your prescription medication, it is important to contact a qualified DUI defense attorney right away. Your attorney can help you understand the charges against you, as well as the possible consequences of a conviction. If you are facing a license suspension, your attorney can assist you in obtaining driving relief while your case is pending.
While a valid prescription does not guarantee that the charges against you will be dropped, it could be difficult for prosecutors to prove that you were impaired. There is no equivalent of a breathalyzer to determine impairment caused by a prescription drug. As a result, your attorney can also help you build an aggressive yet responsible defense to the charges against you.
Call Us for Help
A conviction on charges of DUI can change your life forever. If you have been arrested and charged in connection with a legal prescription medication, contact the office of MKFM Law. Call 630-665-7300 for a confidential consultation today. We serve DuPage County, Kane County, and surrounding areas.