Read your Prescription Labels

When most people think of DUI, they think of someone driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. But, did you know that you can be convicted of a DUI for driving under the influence of medications? Over-the-counter medications and even medications prescribed by your doctor can impair your ability to safely drive a vehicle, and subject you to arrest for DUI. When these medications are combined with alcohol, they can dramatically amplify the effects of even a small amount of alcohol and can cause extreme impairment. A valid prescription from your doctor does not exempt you from a DUI arrest or conviction even if the impairment is due to your medication.

Nevada state law allows for a person to be arrested for, and convicted of, a DUI even if their blood alcohol level is below 0.08 at the time of the arrest (NRS 484C.110.2c). If a person is found to be impaired by medications alone, or a combination of medications and alcohol, they are just as vulnerable to a DUI arrest as a driver whose blood alcohol level is above 0.08. It is important to speak to your physician, and read medication labels, to ensure that you are aware of any potential effects, especially if you plan to consume alcohol while taking the medication.

If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, you are encouraged to contact Joey Gilbert Law. With over 35 years of legal experience, you can rest assured that your matter will receive the diligence and attention it deserves.


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