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Can you be charged with DUI for taking prescription drugs?

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2022 | DWI & Alcohol |

DUI charges are expected in Texas if you have been drinking and get behind the wheel. However, you might want to know what can happen if you’ve taken prescription drugs and then drive.

What can lead to a DUI charge?

Driving under the influence has long been known as a criminal charge you can receive if you are driving while intoxicated by alcohol or illegal drugs. However, there are certain elements that comprise a DUI. Those include driving a vehicle or being in control of it and being under the influence of any substance that renders you impaired.

As a result of those elements, it’s possible to face DUI charges if you are either driving or in control of a vehicle while on prescription drugs.

What can happen if you’ve taken prescription drugs and then drive?

Even prescription drugs that are seemingly harmless can lead to trouble and a DUI charge if a police officer pulls you over and notices that you appear impaired. Anything that can cause the following side effects can result in an arrest on DUI charges:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Slower judgment and reaction time

Prescription drugs that can cause the above side effects might include codeine, some cold medications, anti-anxiety medications and some allergy medications. If you are planning to drive, it’s best to avoid taking any prescription medications that can cause drowsiness or any of these side effects.

To prove that you were intoxicated and should be found guilty of DUI, the prosecution would have to show that you were significantly impaired. If you were taking prescription medication but were completely alert and awake without any of the effects of intoxication, the case against you might not be strong.

DUI charges are serious and should be viewed seriously. A conviction can adversely affect your life, so it’s important to protect your rights and fight back.