Monday, July 6, 2015
DUI Attorney: When Taking Legal Medications Leads to Drug DUI Charges
Everybody knows it’s illegal to drive while drunk in Kent, and anywhere else in the U.S. However, not many are aware that they can be criminally prosecuted for getting on the road while under the influence of drugs as well. Clearly, driving while under the influence of illegal drugs, like ecstasy, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines, among others, puts an individual at greater risk of accident. But what does the law say about legal over-the-counter (OTC) and doctor-prescribed medications? As any DUI attorney will remind you, anyone can be equally prosecuted for DUI when found impaired by legally prescribed, OTC, or illicit drugs. In Washington, as long as these drugs impair your ability to drive safely, you can be arrested and/or convicted for drug DUI, and depending on the extent of damage you caused, be penalized in virtually the same way as a regular DUI conviction.