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Can You Get a DUI in Memphis for Driving on Prescription Drugs?


With more and more medications being prescribed these days, it is possible in Memphis, TN to be charged with Driving Under the Influence of prescription drugs. Many clients wrongfully believe that if a medication is prescribed by a doctor, then it is okay to take such and still operate a motor vehicle.

Common Impairments of Medications

Just because a medication is prescribed doesn’t offer protection from a possible arrest if the side effects of the drug impair your ability to safely drive. As noted by the Food and Drug Administration, some prescription and nonprescription drugs can impair one’s ability to drive. Even common cold medications, when taken excessively, can cause such drowsiness that can be considered dangerous. Some common forms of impairment are:

  • Blurred Vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Delayed/slow reaction time
  • Nauseousness
  • Confusion/paranoia
  • Restlessness

What Happens If You Are Pulled Over?

If you are pulled over by Memphis police and suspected to be under the influence of prescription drugs, the officer will typically conduct a field sobriety test to gauge your physical abilities. The officer may also order a blood draw which will measure the amounts and types of drugs and/or alcohol in your system. If you are found or plead guilty of Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs the penalties are the same as an alcohol-related driving offense. This can involve mandatory jail time, fines, and probation, along with a revocation of your driver’s license.

Memphis Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs Attorneys

As an attorney, there are ways to deal with one charged with driving under the influence, but it can be complex. It is imperative that you contact an experienced Memphis attorney who has familiarity with these types of charges and a working knowledge of the Memphis court system and prosecutors.

Call Chiozza Law for Expert Representation

For a free and confidential case evaluation call (901)526-9494 where an experience Memphis criminal defense lawyer will be waiting to speak with you. The Chiozza Law Firm deals with all types of felony and misdemeanor charges. We routinely handle cases involving Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Theft of Property, Driving While License Suspended, Passing Bad Checks, drug related offenses (including possession charges), Assault and many other crimes. Don’t hesitate to learn how we can help you through a difficult process like an arrest.



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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 10:32 AM
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