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Medications are not a DWI defense says Fairfax DUI lawyer

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Jul 10, 2019 Medications are not a DWI defense says Fairfax DUI lawyer

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Medications are not a DWI defense says Fairfax DUI lawyer

Medications are not a DWI defense – Fairfax DUI lawyer explains why

Medications about around us, hawked on commercials, sold like candy over the counter, and prescribed at a dizzying pace. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I know that the crime of driving under the influence applies both to alcohol and drugs. Many Virginia DUI defendants suggest a possible defense of having taken cold medicine or prescription medicines shortly before being stopped by the police. I tell them that this is not a defense, and that it is good that a blood test was not administered to find and quantify drugs that might have impaired their driving and even reacted adversely with any alcohol they consumed.

Medications affect each person differently, underlines Virginia DUI defense lawyer

Medications rarely are about pinpoint precision that only address one’s ailment. Usually they have side effects, including lethargy, exciteablity, irritability, and reduced attention and focus. They affect different people in different ways. The inventors of these medicines and the physicians who prescribe them are not always sure of the extent of their side effects and the adverse effects they can have on one’s driving. As a Virginia DUI lawyer, I know that a physician who prescribed medicine to an allegedly drugged driving defendant is likely going to be reluctant to get on the witness stand to say that the drug was safe for driving.

Fairfax DUI lawyer on what to do when police ask a driver on what medicines s/he has taken

Police investigating DWI cases commonly ask what medications a DUI suspect has consumed, in addition to the usual questions about consumption of beer, wine and liquor. Silence is a great response.

Fairfax DUI defense attorney Jonathan L. Katz has successfully defended hundreds of people accused of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. To discuss your felony, misdemeanor or DWI case with Jon Katz, please call his staff at  703-383-1100 to schedule a confidential consultation. 

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