While everyone knows the consequences for drinking and driving can be extremely severe, what most people don’t realize is you can also be charged with a DUI simply because of prescription drugs. Such was the case recently with pro-golfer Tiger Woods, who was arrested and charged with driving under the influence on early Monday morning, May 29th, 2017. Arrested in Jupiter, FL, where he lives, Woods released a statement saying the case for his DUI was not due to alcohol--instead, it was due to prescribed drugs.
While he still took responsibility for his actions, Woods attributed his mistake to mixing several prescription drugs he takes for pain due to his spinal fusion surgery, which marks his 4th back surgery. Though some people may say this is simply an excuse, our Mill Creek criminal defense lawyers at Dichter Law Office are quite aware prescription drugs may absolutely alter your ability to drive. Even if you haven’t had a drop of alcohol, prescription drugs can be very strong deterrents of safe driving.
The consequences of a DUI due to prescription drugs include but are not limited to the following:
- Jail time
- Driver's license suspension
- Chemical dependency evaluation and treatment
- Mandatory drug education and counseling
- Required attendance at a DUI victim's panel
- Vehicle impoundment
- Community service
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If you or a loved one have been charged with a DUI because of prescription drugs, don’t let this mistake determine the course of the rest of your life. Because prescription drugs are so much harder to measure than alcohol, there may be several ways to tackle your charge with the hopes of clearing your name. At Dichter Law Office, PLLC, we will work tirelessly to defend your rights, and our Mill Creek criminal defense lawyers will aggressively attack every possible flaw in the prosecution’s case.
For a free consultation, contact our office today by calling 425.296.9358.