Antidepressant DUID Attorney Representing the Accused in Orange County
Driving under the influence is a serious crime that is often associated with alcohol consumption. While it’s true that driving under the influence of alcohol is a crime, many people are not aware that driving under the influence of drugs is a crime as well.
Drivers who are under the influence of any type of drug, even anti-depressant prescription medication, can be arrested and charged with DUID in the State of California.
If you have been accused of drugged driving, speak to the experienced DUI defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Todd Landgren.
To schedule a free consultation with an Orange County DUID attorney, call our law firm today at 949-752-1122 or submit your information via the contact form on our website.
Our Attorneys Describe How Antidepressants Affect Driving
Antidepressant medications such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Lexapro are used to treat depression and other mental health conditions. Although these medications are effective in alleviating symptoms of depression, they can also cause severe drowsiness in some people. In addition, antidepressants can slow down a driver’s reaction time, making it difficult for them to react to sudden changes on the road.
Every patient reacts differently to medication. Doctors typically recommend that patients avoid driving after taking antidepressants until they see how their body responds to the medication. Some patients may not experience any unusual side effects, while others may experience extreme drowsiness and slowed reaction times.
What Are The Drugged Driving Laws Regarding Antidepressants in Orange County?
Unlike many other prescription drugs, antidepressants are not typically used for recreational purposes. As a result, the people that take this drug are those that need it in order to treat their depression. Most don’t think that taking a drug that is prescribed to them could get them in legal trouble, but unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens to many people who drive after taking antidepressants.
The law states that a driver can face criminal charges for driving under the influence of any drug that impairs their ability to operate a vehicle. Basically, this means if law enforcement believes that a drug is making it impossible for you to drive as safely as a sober person would, you are subject to arrest.
People who are charged with DUID can face serious penalties if they are convicted. Most DUID charges are classified as misdemeanors, but DUID can be a felony for repeat offenders or for drivers that have injured or killed someone because of their intoxication.
Regardless of whether it is a felony or misdemeanor charge, defendants can face probation, jail time, substantial fines, community service, license suspension, and mandatory enrollment in an alcohol education course.
Don’t let the penalties from a drugged or drunk driving conviction impact your life. Let our antidepressant DUID attorneys fight to defend you against these serious charges.
Many people do not realize that they are committing a crime when they are driving under the influence of their prescribed anti-depressant medication. Because of this, they are shocked to hear that they are being arrested and charged with a crime.
It’s completely understandable to feel scared or nervous during this time, but it’s important to remember that a charge does not always lead to a conviction. A criminal defense attorney may be able to fight the charges that have been filed against you.
Prosecutors often rely heavily on the results of a blood test to prove that the defendant had drugs in their system and is, therefore, guilty of DUID. But, the presence of drugs in a defendant’s system does not always indicate the defendant was illegally intoxicated at the time of their arrest.
Remember, the state must show that your driving ability was impaired as a result of the drug. The mere presence of a drug in your system is not enough to prove impairment—and our attorneys will be the first ones to point this out.
Unlike DUI cases involving alcohol, there are no legal limits for antidepressants and other prescription medications. Because of this, the prosecution cannot prove impairment by stating that the defendant was above the legal limit at the time of their arrest.
Instead, they often rely on the testimony of police officers to prove the defendant was too impaired to drive. Even though these police officers are trained to spot the signs of intoxication during field sobriety tests, they often make mistakes.
A police officer can easily confuse signs of nervousness, anxiousness, fear, or fatigue with intoxication. If a police officer takes the stand to testify against you, our attorneys cast doubt upon and nullify his opinions.
It can be difficult to prove that the defendant’s antidepressant medication had such a strong effect that he or she was unable to operate a vehicle. As the prosecution makes its case, our DUI lawyers will point out its flaws and inconsistencies to maintain your innocence.
Have you been accused of driving while under the influence of a prescription antidepressant medication? Don’t fight these charges alone. Speak to the experienced DUID attorneys at The Law Offices of Todd Landgren at once.
Our team of skilled DUI defense lawyers has decades of experience defending the rights of the accused in Orange County. Every DUI lawyer on our team is committed to providing the best legal representation possible to each of our clients.
Besides representing clients facing antidepressant DUID charges, we also work with clients who are being accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, Ambien, pain medications, Xanax, marijuana, and other drugs.
We are proud to represent clients in Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach, and throughout Orange County. To schedule a free consultation, call our law office at 949-752-1122 or fill out the form on our website today.
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