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Can I get a DUI while on prescription drugs?

When you are taking prescription drugs, it’s always important to know the side effects. Reading your prescription label thoroughly can alert you if you shouldn’t be taking this medication right before driving or if you are more apt to become drowsy while using your medication. You may not realize it, but you can face a DUI charge even if you haven’t been drinking and only are using prescription drugs.

What driving under the influence fully means

In Missouri, you can face a DUI charge for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (whether a using legal prescription or not). If you are on medication and have only one alcoholic drink before getting behind the wheel, you still could end up impaired enough for police to pull you over. If officers notice you driving erratically, missing a stop sign or red light, or weaving between lanes, police may think you are a drunk driver.

During a field sobriety test, you could face further DUI testing if you show signs of the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Inability to focus
  • Nausea

And if you are a fan of kombucha tea, you may end up failing your breath test, as the fermented tea can affect blood alcohol levels.

When facing DUI charges

If you end up facing DUI charges and think prescription drug use or kombucha use might be partly to blame, you should consult an experienced DUI attorney. If you took a breath test, police could have administered the test improperly or used an improperly calibrated machine. Other circumstances surrounding your arrest could impact your case. With the right legal help, you may be able to have your DUI charges reduced or dismissed.

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Travis Noble is a graduate of the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard University, and he lectures at seminars nationwide on DWI/DUI topics. He is the lawyer whom other lawyers consult to defend their DWI clients. Most importantly, he has a track record of successfully defending some of the toughest DWI cases in Missouri and beyond.

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