Is it Possible to Receive A DUI Charge for Prescription Drugs?

More often than not, people associate DUI charges with alcohol. While this is the case most of the time, it’s worth understanding that Maryland drivers can be convicted of DUI when impaired by any controlled substances – even prescription drugs!

The Importance of an Attorney

DUI cases are generally very easy to assess. If a driver’s BAC is measured at or above .08 or above, they are charged with DUI. It’s not as cut and dry when it comes to non-alcoholic drugs, however. In that case, drivers are simply subject to the judgment of the responding officer. If they deem that the driver was impaired, a DUI charge will come as a result.

Naturally, there is a lot of room for discussion there. Was the traffic stop legal? Was there probable cause that led to the need for a blood test? Was the impairment a fluke bodily reaction? Was the act intentional? These are avenues that you should be sure to explore with your attorney.

DUI Punishment

If you are convicted of DUI for prescription drugs, you will be subject to the same penalties as those who measured above .08 BAC on their breathalyzer test. That means you may be subject to a maximum of one year in jail and a fine of $1,000. Naturally, these punishments can be lowered or dismissed altogether with the help of an expert attorney.

Avoid These Mistakes

Our best initial advice if suspected of DUI is to keep communication to a minimum with law enforcement. Luckily, you are not required to speak with them or comply with any sobriety tests that they subject you to. The only way an officer can get around that is to obtain a warrant from a judge.

We Can Help You Avoid a DUI or DWI Conviction or Minimize Your Punishment

There are facts about each specific case that can significantly reduce penalties if an experienced attorney who understands this area of law presents the case. The Law Office of Elizabeth A. Lawrence offers high-quality legal representation, personal attention, and professionalism to help defend the harsh penalties of DWIs, DUIs, and other serious traffic offenses in Maryland and District of Columbia. Click here or call (410) 986-0088 to consult with an experienced attorney today.

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