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
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
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
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.