When you think about
driving under the influence (DUI), you may automatically think of being intoxicated from alcohol or
illegal drugs. However, impaired driving deals with more than just these two examples.
The law does not say you must be intoxicated by one of these substances,
as long as you are impaired in any manner. This means you could possibly
be arrested for DUI if you are found under the influence of a legal drug
as well, such as prescribed medicine.
How Medications Can Affect Your Ability to Drive
Medications are prescribed by doctors throughout the United States to treat
pain, allergies, depression, or for other conditions. Some of these medicines
may impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.
Potential side effects to certain prescription medications include:
- Blurred vision
- Slowed reaction times
- Concentration difficulties
- Altered coordination
In most cases, doctors suggest that patients do not take these medications
for several hours before driving. It is important to always check the
warning label carefully to understand the potential reactions to certain
If your doctor determines you prescriptions impact your ability to drive,
he or she may be able to adjust your dosage, the timing of taking the
mediation, or change the medication to one that will not affect your driving
If you are arrested for DUI on prescription medication, it is critical
to seek legal representation from an experience
criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can evaluate your case and determine your legal options
in order to obtain the best outcomes possible for your case.
For more information regarding your case,
contact the Law Office of David R. Fischer and request a
free consultation with our Las Vegas criminal defense attorney today.