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Driving under the influence of legal drugs

When most people think about driving under the influence, the first thing that comes to mind is the use of alcohol or illegal drugs.

There's something else you need to know: You can be arrested for driving under the influence of legal drugs.

Impaired driving is impaired driving, even if it's the result of a legal prescription or over-the-counter medication.

With this in mind, you should always understand the potential impact of medication before you take it and get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. For instance, if the bottle states that it could make you drowsy, you're best off avoiding your vehicle for the meantime.

In order to be charged with driving under the influence, you must have:

  • Operated a motor vehicle on a public roadway
  • Operated a vehicle while you were under the influence of a legal or illegal substance

Legal drugs can impact your mind and body in many ways, with some of the most common side effects including:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Inability to pay attention

If you have reason to believe that a legal medication is making you feel poorly, you should consult your doctor and avoid anything that could result in an accident or trouble with the law.

In the event that you're arrested for driving under the influence of a legal drug, you'll want to learn more about your legal rights. The way you approach your case could be the difference between avoiding a conviction and facing a hefty penalty that changes your life now and in the future.

Source: FindLaw, "You Can Get a DUI on Legal Drugs," accessed Dec. 05, 2017

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