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Prescription Drugs and Driving

September 27, 2018

Prescription Drugs and DrivingPrescription Drugs and Driving

When most people hear about a DUI or DWI charge, they automatically think of alcohol as the culprit behind the driver’s intoxication. While this is often the case, drivers can also be charged with this offense when they are under the influence of other drugs like cocaine, heroin, or prescription pills.

Understanding New Jersey’s Laws Regarding DUIs and Prescription Drugs

New Jersey’s laws include prescription drugs under the legal definition of “narcotics,” so a driver can be charged with a DUI when they are under the influence of these legally prescribed pills. It must be proven that the person being charged was under the influence of drugs, impaired while driving, and a danger to themselves or others on the road. Blood or urine tests can be initiated at the scene, and police may ask the suspect to conduct a field sobriety test. If the driver is not able to produce a valid prescription for the drugs, then they may face an additional charge of possessing illegal prescription drugs. Driving under the influence of drugs carries severe penalties if the accused is ultimately convicted of the crime. Being convicted of this offense for the first time can result in you losing your license for up to seven (7) months, a mandatory stay at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC), a 30-day jail sentence, and costly fines.

Contact New Jersey DUI Attorney Michele Finizio Today

If you have been charged with a drug-related DUI in New Jersey, then you have the right to hire a qualified criminal defense attorney to help you in court. Experienced DUI attorney Michele Finizio can be contacted on her online messaging system. She represents clients charged with DUI and DWI offenses throughout South Jersey, including Moorestown, Cinnaminson, Maple Shade, Deptford, Atlantic City, and Camden, NJ.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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