DUI Prescription Drugs

July 19, 2018By Brian Manchester

More Common Than Ever: DUI Prescription Drugs

Recent surveys show Americans are taking more and more prescription drugs, and as such, police in Pennsylvania are stepping up their enforcement of prescription drug DUIs. You do not have to be drunk in order to be charged with a DUI. Rather, driving while taking common prescription drugs can lead to a Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs, including:

  • Xanax
  • Ambien
  • Methadone
  • Prozac
  • Oxycodone
  • Valium
  • Klonopin
A Valid Prescription Can Land You In Jail

Many people are shocked to find out they can be convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs even if they are taking the drug under a doctor’s valid prescription. Although the prescription is valid, the law has determined that certain drugs cause some impairment while driving, regardless of whether they are prescribed.

Additionally, the drug does not have to be one of the drugs listed above. Even drugs your doctor prescribed you pertaining to allergies, a cold, or sleeping can lead to a charge of Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs.

The penalties of a conviction for Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs for a first time offender are up to six months in jail, fines up to $5,000, and a 12 month suspension of your license. The penalties get progressively more severe for each prior DUI offense.

Given these penalties, it is crucial to obtain an experienced criminal defender to raise doubts about your guilt.

How We Get The Best Results For You

Brian Manchester has been trying DUI cases for 18 years, and knows which defenses commonly work. He has specific training in the pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of prescription drugs through hands on lab courses, not lectures in a CLE and he is currently one of less than 60 Certified Lawyer-Scientists through the American Chemical Society in the US. For a free consultation we can be contacted at 1-800-243-4878.



Posted in: DUI Blog , DUI While On Prescription Drugs

Tags: Drugs, DUI, DUI Defense, Prescription Drugs,

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About the Author

Brian Manchester is the owner of Manchester and Associates in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His law firm practices DUI and Criminal Defense exclusively throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. He has a team of two other lawyers with a combined 50 years of trial and courtroom experience are also trained in science and many other skills that are relevant to criminal defense to include the psychology of persuasion as well. One of his associates is a former District Attorney (chief prosecutor) in central Pennsylvania.   Mr. Manchester and his team routinely handle serious felony cases including murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, complex financial crimes, and serious assaults. A large part of Mr. Manchester’s practice is the defense of alcohol and drug-based DUI offenses as well as drug cases using science and analytical chemistry. Mr. Manchester has training as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. He is one of a handful of Certified Lawyer-Scientists as recognized by the American Chemical Society in the United States. He is a member of NCDD and is a Founding Member of DUIDLA. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society with over 170,000 members across the world. To date, he is the only practicing criminal defense lawyer to belong to the Society of Forensic Toxicologist where he is an Associate Member. Mr. Manchester speaks nationally on the topic of blood and drug testing for alcohol as well as the metrological (measurement uncertainty) in forensic testing.

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