You Need an Experienced Atlanta DUI Attorney
Attorney Richard S. Lawson has been practicing DUI law for over 20 years. In recent times, our firm has seen more DUI-drug arrests than ever before. There is an increased frequency of individuals that require medication for a variety of conditions to address mental, emotional, and physical health. Often times, these individuals are unaware that getting behind the wheel after taking their medications can lead to DUI charges.
While there has been a shrinking pool of drivers impaired by alcohol, DUI-drug arrests have actually increased. At our firm, we have found that individuals often never realize that their actions could land them behind bars or up against such serious criminal charges. That is why we are here to help.
If you were arrested, speak to our Atlanta DUI lawyers today to obtain reliable defense!
What is considered a DUI-drug offense?
Attorneys nationwide have seen a growing trend of increasing drug-related DUI arrests, specifically involving prescription medication. Today, most people are aware of the fact that they can be arrested for driving on an illegal drug such as cocaine or marijuana; however, most people are shocked to find out that they can be arrested for driving under the influence of a lawfully-prescribed medication.
This can include a wide range of drugs, including:
- Over-the-counter medications
- Cold and allergy medications
- Other valid prescriptions
- Any medicines that cause drowsiness
It is important to note that police officers have to use their own discretion when assessing impairment from a drug. They often make an assumption based on field experience or instincts. These assumptions are frequently not based on fact, which means they could lead to the arrest of a completely innocent individual. Presently, there are very few studies quantifying legal or illegal drug use with any level of driving impairment. This means that it can be difficult for police officers to determine whether or not a person truly is impaired by their prescription drugs when driving.
How Drugs Affect the Body's System
Unlike DUI cases involving alcohol, there is no BAC limit that allows officers to gauge a person's impairment. In fact, even if a blood test indicates a high level of a certain prescription drug is in the person's system, this does not necessarily mean that the person was impaired while driving.
Some obvious side effects of drugs that can impair driving include:
- Balance problems
- Trouble concentrating
- Short-term memory loss
When a police officer pulls you over, they will be looking for these signs if they suspects you of being impaired. However, the charges will rest heavily on assumptions and judgment calls made by an arresting officer that may be untrained on drug impairment. This means that by crafting a strong defense, you can effectively fight these charges.
Get the Skilled Representation You Need
If you or someone you love has been arrested for driving under the influence of prescription drugs, then we urge you to contact our firm right away. We are extremely familiar with prescription drug and DUI cases, and we know how to utilize certain defenses to strengthen your case.
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