A driver can be intoxicated by alcohol, illegal drugs, and also medication.
A widespread misconception is that a person is only illegally operating a vehicle intoxicated if they consumed alcohol or illegal drugs. Under Michigan law, intoxication can also be a result of prescription medication.
Operating Under the Influence of Prescription Medication (or a combination of medicine and alcohol or drugs).
Too often, individuals driving under the influence of medication do so mistakenly or unknowingly. Drunk driving or “DUI” is commonly warned against through widespread media campaigns, most often targeted at youth who are most susceptible. Driving under the influence of medication gets less recognition despite the consequences of driving under the influence of medication being just as serious.
Perhaps you are driving under the influence of medication and not even realizing it! Prescription drugs such as Xanax and Ambien, while recommended and prescribed by a physician, can lead to drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, memory problems, and overall disorientation. Driving under the influence of medication is a mistake many individuals make unknowingly, without forethought, since they are taking a legal, prescription drug intended to help them function better. Additionally, mixing drugs while driving, driving while under the influence of medical marijuana and/or prescription muscle relaxers impair your ability to drive. Antihistamines, antidepressants, and decongestants, which most of us take at some point, can get you a DUI or OWI charge if caught by law enforcement. Because prescription drugs impact each individual’s level of alertness differently, driving under the influence is an innocent mistake that individuals don’t realize is a mistake until it’s too late.
Avoid Jail Time with OWI Charges
Many individuals facing charges for operating while intoxicated, OWI, or Driving Under the Influence of Medication will likely be sentenced to jail or prison time if convicted. With the insight and carefulness that a legal team can provide, the sentence can be minimized to a fine, community service, counseling, or a temporarily suspended driver’s license. In some cases, the charges may be dismissed or reduced to non-alcohol-related charges. You need the strategy and knowledge that only an experienced attorney team can provide.
Top-Rated Attorneys with Years of Experience
The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have years of experience defending clients facing DUI, OWI, drunk driving, drug and controlled substance crimes, including drug possession. While hiring a well-known and successful attorney will likely be more costly than a court-appointed or general practice attorney, can you really put a price tag on your freedom, reputation, driving privileges, and future? With a thorough understanding of Michigan DUI and OWI laws and defenses, the Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C can successfully protect and defend you.
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