You can still be charged with DUI in Mesa, Arizona, even if you haven’t been drinking alcohol or using marijuana. Driving under the influence of prescription drugs can bring about a drug DUI charge similar to the typical drug or alcohol DUI charge.
The assumption that a DUI can only involve alcohol has gotten many Arizonans in trouble for DUI drug charges that they had no idea about. However, the only way a conviction is certain is if you attempt to go through the process alone, without the help of a determined and hard-working legal team. If you were pulled over for prescription drug use, contact our Mesa DUI attorneys 24/7.
If you are like millions of other Americans, odds are you take prescription drugs daily to alleviate the pain or stress of some medical ailment. Maybe one morning, you woke up with a searing migraine and decided to take the recommended dosage of the medication your doctor prescribed to you before work. Unfortunately, you ran a red light, or a stop sign on your way to work and then got pulled over. In an attempt to be honest, you told the officer that you had taken prescribed medication in the morning. In the state of Arizona, you just admitted to a drug DUI.
It is illegal to drive even under the slightest degree “due to spirituous liquor, or any toxic drug including prescription medications.” A drug DUI charge that is the first offense is classified as a Class 1 Misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a prescription drug DUI charge, it will be treated similarly to alcohol-related DUI charges.
Some drugs that can result in a prescription drug DUI in Mesa, Arizona include:
There are various consequences you could be facing depending on the nature of your situation and if you are a first-time offender. The snapshot includes the following:
Just because you are charged does not automatically mean you will be convicted. You should hire a DUI defense attorney to decrease or avoid the penalties. There are defenses your lawyer can use to challenge your prescription DUI charges. Some of the defenses can include:
A prescription drug DUI is very different from an alcohol DUI. It requires another area of expertise and a different approach to your defense. If you are charged with a prescription drug DUI in Mesa, Arizona, make sure you reach out to Rosenstein Law Group. Our DUI attorneys have the experience of defending 1000’s clients accused of DUI in Mesa.