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Can I get a DUI for using prescription medications?

You took some medications before driving that left you feeling a little disoriented and groggy. Now that you see those flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror, you feel a bit confused. After all, you do not believe you have done anything wrong to warrant being pulled over. A law enforcement officer wants you to perform field sobriety tests because they allege your driving behaviors warrant suspicions of driving under the influence. Now you are wondering how is it possible for you to get a DUI in Atlanta without consuming alcohol? 

According to FindLaw, the use of any substance, including alcohol and prescription drugs can lead to DUI charges, if they cause you to become impaired. Just because you have a valid prescription and need to use certain medications does not give you the right to operate a motor vehicle if they impair your mental and physical functions. 

It is important for you to take measures to ensure that any time you are in the driver’s seat you are not impaired by alcohol or drugs. If your medications cause you to feel sleepy, anxious, dizzy, slower, confused, have trouble focusing and to develop blurred vision, you should not drive and use an alternative means of transportation. 

Prescription DUIs are just as serious as alcohol driving under influence charges. If you end up with a prescription DUI, you should learn about the penalties you face and how it might impact your freedom, driving privileges and life. You might also benefit from speaking with an attorney.

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