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Prescription drug use is on the rise across Ohio. One unfortunate side effect of more people using legal drugs is the increase in the number of people who are driving under the influence of said drugs. Law enforcement is now pulling over more innocent drivers for allegedly driving under the influence of their prescribed prescription drugs.
You need to know the facts about driving after having taken your medications so that you can protect your rights and future. This blog post will cover what Ohio state law qualifies as a prescription drug-related DUI and the steps you can take to protect your freedom.
How does Ohio define a drug-related OVI/DUI?
Section 4511.19 of the Ohio Revised Code1 explains that anyone who operates any vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be charged with an OVI/DUI. The law does not carve out an exemption for people who use legal prescription drugs and then drive a vehicle. The use of many prescription drugs could cause a person to get an OVI, including:
Generally, the process for getting charged with an OVI/DUI involves a police officer pulling over a driver who was supposedly driving erratically and then asking that driver to complete a field sobriety test (FST)2. If the driver does not pass the officer’s FST, they will then be charged with a DUI/OVI and arrested. The arrested person will then be asked to give a sample of their blood, blood plasma or urine for testing. Refusing to provide this sample carries serious penalties, such as losing your license.
How can you defend yourself from a drug-related OVI/DUI?
If you were wrongfully charged with an OVI/DUI, you can take steps to protect your freedom. A knowledgeable OVI/DUI defense attorney can assess the details of your criminal charges and determine if law enforcement followed the correct procedures during your arrest. Field sobriety tests are prone to errors and police officers must be certified to administer the test legally. Law enforcement can also make severe mistakes when testing a person’s blood or urine samples.
At The Law Office Brian Jones, our team of experienced defense attorneys fight for our clients. You can contact us now to schedule your free consultation with a trusted lawyer.
Brian Glen Jones graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelors Degree in Politics and Government. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Akron School Of Law. Brian has been a lifelong resident of Ohio. Brian is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio and before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
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