Understanding DUI Laws Related to Prescription Drugs
A DUI (driving under the influence) is often associated with drunk driving, but someone can also get a DUI if they drive after taking drugs. Driving impaired can not only put you at risk of a DUI, but it can also increase your risk of being involved in a serious accident and cause others to suffer severe injuries.
Even if the drugs you have taken are legal, over-the-counter, or prescription, here’s what you need to know before getting behind the wheel.
OWI and OWVI Charges
It’s not uncommon for prescription medications to have side effects, such as drowsiness, blurred vision, or dizziness. These side effects prevent you from driving safely. If you are found to be impaired while driving, you could be charged with the following:
- Operating While Impaired (OWI) means that your ability to operate a vehicle safely has been significantly reduced through the use of alcohol or drugs, including prescription medication.
- Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI) means that your ability to operate a vehicle safely was visibly less than that of someone who is not impaired by alcohol or drugs, including prescription medication.
The Penalties for a Prescription Drug DUI
Each DUI case is different, and depending on the specifics of your case (how many DUIs you’ve had before, a minor driving under the influence, etc.), you could face:
- Fines up to $5,000
- Jail time
- Community service
- Suspended or revoked driver’s license
- Points on your driving record
Arrested for a DUI? We Are Here to Help.
Getting arrested for a DUI is a scary situation, as well as a harrowing experience when facing criminal charges. After an arrest, having legal representation from an experienced DUI attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. At Grewal Law PLLC, our team brings over a decade of experience handling DUI cases. We’ll guide you through every step of the legal system so you can feel confident that your best interests are in mind.
Call Grewal Law PLLC at (888) 211-5798 to schedule a consultation and learn your rights after a DUI arrest.