Beware of the Prescription Drug DUI

Believe it or not, you can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) without having a drop of alcohol to drink. Certain medications can do to your body what alcohol normally would—that is, act as a depressant. Depressants can cause symptoms of euphoria, muscle relaxation, respiratory depressants, and lowered blood pressure. While these might be positive effects for people suffering from debilitating mental or physical problems, they can also cause difficulty with driving and responding immediately to stimuli.

A Florida officer might stop a driver on suspicion of a DUI if a person is driving slowly, irregularly, or dangerously. The officer may ask someone to take a breathalyzer or field sobriety test to determine if the person is suffering from the effects of a depressant, such as alcohol. However, these tests may be inconclusive.

If the tests are inconclusive, but the officer still suspects you of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he or she might take you to the police station, where you will be asked to give a blood, urine, or breath sample. If the sample shows you are under the influence of prescription drugs, you could be charged with a DUI.

Some prescription medications that might lead to a DUI charge include the following:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Ambien
  • Lunesta
  • Diazepam
  • Alprazolam
  • Morphine
  • Ritalin
  • Adderall

You could face serious charges if you were driving under the influence of certain prescription drugs and will likely face some of the same penalties. Fines and jail time are two potential punishments, but there might also be a driver’s license suspension, community service, or court-ordered DUI school.

If you are arrested for a prescription drug DUI, talk to one of our skilled Daytona Beach criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible. We have more than 20 years of experience helping Florida residents fight their charges, and Buckmaster & Ellzey is dedicated to helping our clients get the best possible outcomes in their cases. The consequences of a conviction can be more than just annoying; they can be life-changing. Let us see what we can do to defend your rights and your freedom.

Contact us at (888) 785-6548 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you.

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