"Can I take my medicine if I'm on probation for DUI?"

Posted by William H. Sherman on Jan 01, 2015 | 0 Comments

Question: I got a DUI in DeKalb County, Georgia.  I took the breath test and my score was .188.  I was in a small accident coming home from a basketball game.  There were no injuries.

I think the prosecutors have a very strong case against me.  What I need to know is if I can take my medication if I'm on probation.  I haven't gotten a straight answer to that question and that is why I'm writing to you.

I take medicine for depression, diabetes and a heart condition.  I know on probation you are not allowed to take any drugs.  But these are drugs that I need.  They are not street drugs like cocaine or heroin or pot.

So please tell me if I can take drugs that have been prescribed to me by my doctor.

I live with my wife and 2 daughters in Dunwoody.  This is my first time being arrested and I'm scared.

C.R. in Dunwoody

Answer: Here's a straight answer for you: You are allowed to take prescription medication if you are on probation for a DUI.  The public policy is that people should be allowed to take medications under the guidance of a doctor.

Of course, someone on probation for DUI cannot drink or use illegal drugs.  But in your situation, the drugs are legal and prescribed to you by a physician.  You should advise your probation officer that you are taking these drugs so that there won't be any suspicion that you are not complying with your probation conditions.

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