Getting driving under the influence (DUI) charges placed against you is less typical than you might think. It’s not always about going to the bar, making the mistake of driving home,and getting pulled over. There are many state laws on how a DUI is termed, and technically it goes beyond the 0.08 alcohol level. Even if your blood alcohol level is less, most officers have the right to pull you over for a DUI if you’re obviously driving incorrectly.
This leads to problems, of course, since some people simply cannot drink even a little without getting “buzzed” or incoherent while driving. And sometimes the problem is the legal medication or drug you are taking which together with a glass of wine or half a beer leads to problems. This is far too important to not go over in detail, so we’ll go over the specific state laws, which sometimes vary, to help. If you’re reading this looking for help, hiring a professional DUI lawyer is a wise choice. They can go into even more detail, can explain local laws, and will help you make decisions.
What Substances Lead to DUI Arrests?
This is obviously a broad use of the word, as many medications are clearly not to be taken with alcohol, and some you might not be aware of also effect your driving abilities. It could be the medicine for depression you took last night. It could be no alcohol involved, in fact, which leads to you getting pulled over. After all, alcohol, illegal drugs, and even legal drugs can lead to a DUI.
The State Laws
The laws are fuzzy on this. Technically, if you tell the officer who pulled you over you took some medication, you might be admitting to a DUI. All 50 states do call use of legal medications leading to impaired driving as DUI or DWI. It may not seem to be a big deal, but be careful in what you say, and better yet, be clear on what the medicines effects might be on you. And some medications combined with alcohol clearly not only hurt your driving and lead to arrests, but can be dangerous for you and others on the road.
So What’s a DUI?
A driving under the influence case is made by two points. First, you’re driving a vehicle. Two, you’re impaired by some form of alcohol, illegal drug, legal drug, or combinations. If you took a heavy prescription and it led to an accident or you were pulled over, you could be at fault and need legal guidance.
How Do I Proceed?
The best answer for all these questions is to meet with a DUI lawyer in your state who can go over the specific laws with you. While taking a daily medication may seem to be safe, as millions do it and drive, in some cases it can hurt your driving. That said, you have the right to fight against the DUI, and the best route is with a professional DUI lawyer.