A DUI from Your Own Rx?

Ryan Robertson
By: Ryan Robertson
PublishedAug 21, 2020

UpdatedNovember 22, 2023
1 minute read

Many people assume that driving under the influence involves illegal drugs or alcohol. However, you can get a DUI from your own legitimate prescription medication.

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Rx Drugs & DUI Charge

We’ve had clients who have been charged with a DUI and their prescription medicine was involved.

Their position is, “How can I get charged with a DUI when I was taking my medication as prescribed? It’s legal.”

This is a reasonable question. However, if you’re taking a prescription drug that can affect your motor skills or impair your ability to process information, you can be charged with a DUI.

How it Happens

Let’s say you’re in an accident that isn’t your fault, but when a police officer begins to talk to you, she notices there’s something off about you. That leads the officer to ask you if you take any medications. It’s really that simple.

Drinking alcohol – any amount – when you’re taking prescription drugs can cause impairment.

While you may not notice that anything is off, your impairment can be obvious to to other, especially the police.

 How You Can Avoid It

One of the best ways to protect yourself is to read the label on your prescription bottle.

Many medications have a warning about operating machinery or drinking alcohol while on the drug.

Remember, anything that impacts your judgment or motor skills can support a DUI charge – not just driving drunk or impaired by illegal drugs.

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