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Can I get a DUI for driving under the influence of a prescription medication?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | DUI

Most people know that drunk driving is illegal, and that driving under the influence is a serious offense in Georgia. However, a DUI charge is not limited to alcohol.

Many are surprised to learn that you can also be charged with a DUI for operating a vehicle while impaired by prescription medication, even if it is your own prescribed medication.

Legal implications of prescription medication DUI

In Georgia, the law is clear. If your ability to drive is impaired by any substance, including prescription drugs, you may face DUI charges. This holds true even if the medication was legally prescribed to you by a healthcare provider. The key factor is impairment, not the legality of the substance consumed.

Factors considered in prescription medication DUI

Law enforcement officers consider various factors when determining impairment, such as observed driving behavior, physical appearance and performance on field sobriety tests. If these indicators suggest impairment, you may be charged with a DUI.

Consequences of a prescription medication DUI

The consequences of a DUI conviction involving prescription medication are similar to those for alcohol-related DUIs.

If you are convicted, you could lose your driver’s license, face fines, be forced to go through drug education or treatment programs, be sentenced to probation and even jail time.

Consulting healthcare professionals

It is essential to consult with healthcare professionals regarding the use of prescription medication if you plan to drive. Discuss potential side effects and interactions with other substances, including their impact on driving ability.

Understanding the nuances of DUI laws related to prescription medication is vital for Georgia residents. If you find yourself facing such charges, exploring your legal options promptly is imperative.

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