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Prescription Drugs and DUIs

When most people hear “DUI” they think of driving drunk or driving under the influence of illegal drugs. What most people forget is that combining prescription drug use and driving may also constitute a DUI. Many prescription drugs can impair your judgment and cause you to feel dizzy or drowsy while driving, even when following the prescribed dosage.

Even if you did not know that your prescription medication impairs your driving and even if you did not intentionally drive under the influence, you may still find yourself being arrested for a DUI. An experienced DUI defense lawyer can advise you on the charges you face and defend you against overzealous prosecution. Rhode Island DUI defense attorney Matthew Marin is an experienced, professional lawyer who can aggressively defend your rights. Contact our offices today at 401-287-4384.

Prescription Drugs and Impairment

Most prescription drugs have side effects that could potentially affect your motor skills and therefore your ability to operate machinery, including vehicles. Before you take your medication and get in the car, look up the specific side effects of your prescription that could impair your driving, such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Allergic Reactions

Consequences of a DUI

While it might not seem fair, the DUI charges that you face if arrested under the influence of a prescription medication are the same charges that drunk drivers face. Regardless of the substance, driving under the influence is a crime which could lead to the following penalties if convicted:

  • Fines between $100 and $300
  • 10 to 60 hours of community service
  • A prison sentence up to 1 year
  • 30 to 180 day suspension of your driver’s license
  • Educational course on driving under the influence

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of prescription medication, you need a solid legal defense to combat the charges you face.

Contact Us

Rhode Island DUI lawyer Matthew Marin is experienced in DUI cases and can help you form an aggressive defense. Contact our offices today at 401-287-4384 for more information and assistance with your case.