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Can prescription medication lead to DUI charges?

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2022 | Criminal Law |

You may think the only way you can be charged with DUI in Montana is by having illegal substances or alcohol in your system. If this is the case, you are mistaken.

In fact, you can be charged for a DUI after taking prescription medication given to you by your doctor.

DUI laws in Montana

According to DUI laws in Montana, you can be arrested and charged with DUI while operating a vehicle with a drug in your system. Alcohol is a type of drug, along with prescription medications. Because of this, they count when it comes to DUI charges.

The bottom line in determining if you are charged with DUI is if you can operate your vehicle safely or not. Some legal prescription drugs make this impossible. Consequently, if you are found with these in your system while operating a motor vehicle, you may face DUI charges in Montana.

What type of prescription medications most commonly result in DUIs?

It’s important to understand that every person’s body will metabolize medicine differently. Not all prescription drugs will have the same effect. While this is true, some can impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. The most common include insulin, sleeping pills, blood thinners, and anti-anxiety medications. If there is a warning on the prescription, it’s best to avoid driving while it’s in your system.

Avoiding DUI charges due to prescription medication in Montana

Your best option is to avoid taking prescription medications that may impair your ability to operate your vehicle safely. If you are arrested for DUI, you have rights and may be able to fight the charges.