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Under the Influence: Prescription Drugs Are as Dangerous as Alcohol While Driving

It is common knowledge that driving while under the influence of alcohol is not only illegal, but also extremely dangerous for the driver and everyone on the road. Misusing prescription drugs is also dangerous, however, and the behavior can result in arrests and DUI charges.

Dangers of Prescription Drugs

Certain kinds of medication can affect your mental status, reaction time, and general alertness in important ways that can impair a driver's ability to drive safely. A DUI lawyer can tell you how specific laws apply in your area, but taking medications without a prescription can qualify as illicit drug use. If the medications were taken for an improper reason (to relax or get high), or even if taken therapeutically, if the driver is impaired, the driver may face DUI charges.

Serious Consequences

Community service, fines, jail time, and a suspended license are just some of the potential consequences of a conviction. It is important to seek the help of a DUI lawyer with experience in the local court system. Depending on the circumstances of the case, it may be possible to challenge the evidence or whether the officer had probable cause. 

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