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Can I Be Charged With DUI If I Was Taking a Prescription Medication?


If a Knoxville police officer has reasonable cause to believe that you are under the influence of either drugs or alcohol you could find yourself under arrest for DUI. There are numerous ways in which an officer can use to make this determination, one of which is by asking you to submit to a series of field sobriety tests. Should you fail any one of these tests you could be placed under immediate arrest even if you have not been drinking any alcoholic beverage. You could also be subject to an arrest if you are under the influence of a prescription medication or other type of drug. This is due to the fact that prescription medications can impair a driver's response time, limit coordination ability and hinder concentration similar to alcohol or other types of drugs.

Most prescription medication also come with a warning to not operate a vehicle within a certain number of hours or until you are familiar with how your body will respond to the medication. Prescription drugs are treated just like other types of drugs when it comes to driving under the influence. Field sobriety tests are a subjective form of testing that is not 100% accurate. Breathalyzer tests and blood tests can also be faulty and susceptible to human error. Our firm has helped many individuals who have been arrested for DUI successfully challenge their arrest and clear their good name. We have also represented cases wherein the suspected drunk driver had registered a 0.08% BAC or higher on a breathalyzer test, yet had little to no alcohol in his or her system.

To fight a DUI arrest, or challenge the results of breath & blood tests, you will need a skilled Knoxville criminal defense attorney fighting on your behalf. Our lead attorney has 13 years experience practicing law and was named Top DUI Attorney in Knoxville by City View Magazine. Our entire firm is devoted to helping individuals just like you avoid serious criminal charges and penalties. Call Robert R. Kurtz, Attorney at Law and schedule a confidential consultation so that we can review your case and help you build a strong strategy for your defense.

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