Can You Get A DUI For Prescription Drugs?

Too many people make the mistake of assuming that they cannot be charged with DUI if they were driving while under the influence of prescription drugs. However, even if a doctor prescribed the drugs to you, you can face DUI drugs charges if the drug impairs your driving ability. See California Vehicle Code § 23152(f).

Attorney Douglas H. Ridley knows all of the nuances of DUI and DUI drugs charges in California. He spent five years working in the district attorney's office as a prosecutor. This experience means that he can often anticipate what the prosecution will do. In addition, his extensive experience with case review allows him to take action early in each case, striving to get the charges reduced or dismissed.

We help people in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, L.A. County, and Southern California. Call us 24/7 at 805.208.1866 for a complimentary consultation to discuss your case with our experienced drug crimes defense lawyer.

Prescription Drug DUI Cases Are Serious

From painkillers to anti-anxiety medicine, there are many prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs that can affect your ability to drive, including:

  • Oxycontin and Oxycodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Morphine
  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Lorazepam
  • Klonopin
  • Sleeping pills such as Lunesta and Ambien
  • Over-the-counter medicines such as Benadryl

Typically in DUI drugs cases, law enforcement takes a blood sample to determine whether a person is under the influence. When we evaluate your case, we will determine whether the blood sample was taken correctly. If it was not, we will work to get that evidence thrown out, which may lead to the reduction or dismissal of the charges against you.

We thoroughly examine all aspects of each case to find weaknesses. Attorney Ridley's experience as a prosecutor gives us an advantage in negotiations and at trial. Find out what he can do for you or your loved one. Please call 805.208.1866 or contact us online today.