Whether you sustained injuries in an accident or suffer from a medical condition, you may need prescription pain medication. Without it, pain can keep you from living your life. But what happens if you need to drive somewhere?
You may feel that since you have a prescription, you cannot get a DUI. But any medication that affects your ability to drive can lead to charges.
DUIs are for more than just alcohol
Georgia law has a broad definition of what constitutes a DUI. They list multiple substances beyond alcohol that can cause a person to be unsafe to drive. Included with this list are controlled substances like prescriptions.
If Georgia police pull you over and think that your medication impaired you, they can arrest you for a DUI. They will perform a blood or urine test to find out if you have taken the medication. If they find any evidence that you did, a court can charge you.
Defending a DUI for prescription medication
You may feel your medication doesn’t affect your ability to drive. However, proving that to a court can be difficult. Police will offer evidence of your driving and your ability to perform roadside tests. And since there is no chemical test to show intoxication like with alcohol, your trial becomes your word against theirs.
The law also forbids you from using your prescription as an excuse. If the police feel your medication impaired you too much, you can face DUI charges.
A prescription can lead to a DUI
Your medications can help you get through the day despite your pain. But when you mix them with driving, you may find yourself facing DUI charges.