DUI from Drugs
In today’s world, the use of prescription drugs is more prevalent than ever. These drugs can be commonly prescribed for many types of ailments, syndromes and disorders, such as insomnia, depression, anxiety disorders and pain management, among others. With the rise in the amount of prescribed drugs in our society, there is also a rise in the amount of DUIs involving prescription narcotics instead of alcohol. Despite the fact that these prescriptions explicitly say not to drive or operate machinery while taking them, people still do. In addition, the use of recreational drugs and operating a motor vehicle while on them is ever increasing in our culture. With that, under Maryland law, you can be charged with a DUI without having consumed any alcohol. In such circumstances, it makes sense to utilize the legal services of a Drugged DUI Defense Attorney.
Being charged with a drug-related DUI can be a very stressful and convoluted legal battle. Baltimore, Md., Drug DUI lawyer John G. Turnbull is fully equipped to handle your case. He completely reviews and examines evidence used against you for mistakes or technical flaws. If the medications are legally prescribed, that fact will be reiterated to the prosecution. Towson, Md., criminal defense lawyer John G. Turnbull will work relentlessly to demonstrate that the prescribed drug was taken at the prescribed dose and not above.
Drugs Commonly Associated with Drug DUI
In Maryland, there are numerous prescription drugs that can impair one’s motor skills to the point that their driving abilities are diminished. Any drug that induces calm and relaxation, relieves anxiety, eliminates pain or induces sleep should not be taken prior to driving. Common names or brands of these drugs are Percocet, Vicodin, Xanax, Valium, ”benzos,” Ambien, Lunesta, Phenergan and Flexeril.
Any and all recreational, street or illegal drugs impair one’s driving ability. They can result in a drug-induced driving charge. Some common street drugs are cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, methamphetamines, crack, uppers, downers, hashish and speed. Also, prescription medications purchased on the street from a dealer and without a legal prescription can fall into this category.
Commonly Exhibited Behaviors of Prescription and Illegal Drug Ingestion
Some commonly exhibited behaviors of prescription and illegal drug ingestion include:
- Slurred speech
- Altered pupils
- Decreased motor function
- Delayed reaction time
- Changes in breathing
Contact a Drug DUI Defense Lawyer
Contact The Law Offices of John Grason Turnbull III, P.C. regarding your drug-induced DUI. Attorney John Turnbull can be reached at 410-321-8860. Or, click here to email the firm. Mr. Turnbull is a skilled Maryland trial attorney and serves the accused in Harford County, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County, Md., including Annapolis, Crownsville, Glen Burnie, Severna Park, Baltimore, Towson, Owings Mills, Pikesville, White Marsh, Essex, Ellicott City, Edgewood, Bel Air, Aberdeen and Havre de Grace.