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Alcohol and Drugs: DUI Influences

When television shows and movies portray officers arresting people for suspicion of DUI, it is almost always associated with alcohol. However, the legal definition of a DUI is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so drugs can also be a factor in a DUI. This can mean recreational, illegal drugs, or even prescription medications, even if you are taking them as prescribed.

Recreational and illegal drugs cover a very wide variety of street drugs. Most commonly, it involves marijuana, crack cocaine, heroine, methamphetamine in some fashion, and similar drugs, but can also include other popular drugs. This includes ecstasy, PCP and LSD, and prescription medications sold on the street by the pill, patch, as a powder, or in liquid form.

Prescription medications are a more common driving influence, especially when combined with alcohol in excess. While common prescriptions such as those for high blood pressure, cholesterol, and similar problems will not affect your driving, anything that has a label with ìDo not drive or operate heavy machinery can cause drowsiness and impair your driving. This drowsiness looks like a symptom of intoxication, and can lead to your arrest if the officer is afraid that you are too impaired to drive without creating the potential for an accident.

If you have been arrested for DUI, whether it is related to drugs and alcohol, contact a skilled attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. This is important to establish a solid defense and begin working on any weak areas in the prosecution's case.

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