In Johns Creek: Can I Get a DUI for Taking Prescription Drugs?

Posted by William H. Sherman on Apr 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: I got arrested for DUI in Johns Creek about a week ago.  I told the police officer that I don't drink.  I have not had a drink in 3 months.  I told him I take anti-depressants.  He said I could be arrested for DUI.

I take drugs to help my depression.  He said even if I take prescription drugs I can be arrested for DUI in Johns Creek.  But is that right?

I started taking drugs when I got divorced because my husband left me for a lady he met at the Tilted Kilt restaurant.  He moved in with her and didn't care about me and our 4 kids.  He said I was drinking too much and that my mother was interfering in our relationship.  I was only drinking beer and wine and I only passed out twice. The medication works but I don't think it causes me to be drunk.  Can I really get a DUI in Johns Creek because of prescription drugs?  It is not fair.

Answer: Under Georgia law you can be charged with DUI if you ingest any substance that makes you a less safe driver.  Many people are charged with DUI in Johns Creek and throughout the state who do not drink alcohol.  But they are accused of taking a drug, either an illegal drug like marijuana, cocaine or meth, or a prescription drug that a doctor has told them will be helpful.  With increasing frequency people are being arrested for DUI solely for driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

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