While many people think of impaired driving as involving alcohol, we are increasingly seeing people accused of being impaired by prescription drugs. Clients are surprised to learn that the same harsh penalties that apply to alcohol impairment also apply to prescription drug impairment. You need an attorney who knows how to fight a drugged driving case.
Drugged driving cases involving prescription drugs present a problem for law enforcement as indicators of prescription drug use are less apparent. The standardized field sobriety tests are crude tools for detecting alcohol and may be useless in determining prescription drug impairment. Challenging the officer's observations becomes the focal point of your defense.
The Ohio Revised Code also makes the job hard for police by providing an affirmative defense to prescription drug prosecutions. It is a valid defense if a person obtained the controlled substance pursuant to a prescription issued by a licensed health professional authorized to prescribe drugs, and the person injected, ingested, or inhaled the controlled substance in accordance with the health professional's directions. Id. § 4511.19(K)(1)-(2).
DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, Springfield, Kettering, Vandalia, Xenia, Miamisburg, Springboro, Huber Heights, Oakwood, Beavercreek, Centerville and throughout Ohio. He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671. For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500. Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitter updates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube. You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324. “All I do is DUI”
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