Those living in Arizona and elsewhere are likely aware of the danger of operating a vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol. However, the perception of driving while taking prescription drugs is that it seems to be relatively harmless. If the drugs are legal, and you’re abiding by the doctor’s prescription, the police can’t possibly pull you over, right? In fact, the authorities arrest hundreds of people every year for operating a vehicle while under the influence of prescription medications.
Can you be pulled over if you’ve taken legal drugs?
Police officers are trained to pull over anybody who appears to be driving while impaired. If you drive after consuming alcohol, you may be charged with a DUI. But if you had ingested perfectly legal drugs that your doctor prescribed, you could still be arrested and charged with a crime. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what you took. What matters is that you’re driving while impaired.
Legal drugs can affect your perception of reality almost as much as illegal substances. For example, if you take a sleeping pill before you hit the road, you’ll feel drowsy and inattentive. You may even fall asleep behind the wheel and plow into another person’s vehicle. For this reason, police officers have a responsibility to arrest anyone who may be a danger to others.
However, this doesn’t mean that the police can arrest anyone who’s taken prescription drugs before hitting the road. If you’ve been unfairly accused of driving while intoxicated, an attorney could help you clear your name in court.
What should you do if you’ve been charged with a DUI?
Calling an attorney is always the first thing you should do in any situation involving law enforcement. If you’re being falsely accused of a DUI, a lawyer could help you prove to the judge that you weren’t driving while impaired.