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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