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DUI charges: Some prescription medications may cause impairment

Being accused of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can be a scary and stressful experience. However, when it comes to allegations of impaired driving, the presence of alcohol might not always be a contributing factor. There are a variety of medications that can affect one's ability to drive and operating a vehicle while under the effects of a prescription medication could also leave a person in California facing DUI charges.

During a recent interview, a California Highway Patrol officer spoke about an incident in which he was called out to investigate a single-vehicle collision. According to the officer, the accident occurred after the driver of the car stopped to pick up a prescription. He claims the woman immediately ingested the medication and after experiencing its effects, lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a nearby ditch.

Some prescription medications could have a similar impact on a person's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle as alcohol or illegal drugs. While there are a variety of medications that could have similar effects, some might not be aware of the possible side effects of their prescriptions. Unfortunately, the potential consequences for a conviction for driving while under the influence of prescription medications are severe and could have a lingering impact on a person's future.

Regardless of how it occurs, those who face DUI charges may benefit from seeking legal counsel as soon as possible. By consulting with an experienced attorney, a person in California could obtain guidance in understanding what to expect from the process and all his or her available options. An attorney can work toward protecting a client's legal rights and assist in pursuing the most favorable outcome achievable during subsequent court proceedings.

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