The use, misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is more prevalent than ever in the Baltimore, Maryland, area. These drugs are commonly prescribed for various 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 medication people still do. In addition, the use of recreational drugs and operating a motor vehicle while on them is ever increasing in Maryland. With that you can be charged with a DUI without having consumed any alcohol under Maryland DUI law.
If you have been charged with a drug-induced DUI in the Baltimore area, please contact Jack B. Rubin, PA, at 443-529-0677. Our experienced lawyers are fully qualified to represent those charged with non-alcohol-related DUIs in Maryland. As Maryland law considers any drug a narcotic they also group drug-induced DUIs at the highest level of DUI offenses. However, a qualified DUI defense attorney knows that not every DUI arrest ends up in a conviction. There are often first-time offender programs or pleas for those who qualify.
Drugs Commonly Associated With Drug DUI
In Maryland, there are numerous prescription drugs that can impair someone’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 prescription medications are:
Commonly Exhibited Behaviors Of Prescription Ingestion
- Slurred speech
- Altered pupils
- Decreased motor function
- Delayed reaction time
- Changes in breathing
How A Baltimore DUI Lawyer Can Help You
Being charged with a drug-related DUI in Baltimore can be a very stressful, expensive and time-consuming ordeal. Our attorneys are extremely well-versed in Maryland DUI defense laws. We will thoroughly review and examine evidence used against you for discrepancies, mistakes or technical flaws. If the medications are legally prescribed that will be reiterated to the prosecution. We will work relentlessly seeking to demonstrate that the prescribed drug was taken as prescribed and not above that amount.