Did you know you can be charged with DUI for DWC, driving while caffeinated? If you are charged with DUI, contact a Sacramento DUI attorney at our firm for consultation today.
Increased attention has been given to the crime of Driving Under the Influence over the past couple decades and the trend continues to this day. Individuals who get behind the wheel of a car have a responsibility to ensure the safety of themselves, their passengers, and everyone else they share the road with. Many of us understand that in order to drive safely we must be fully capacitated, meaning we have a clear and healthy mind and body, when we get behind the wheel. Those of us who choose to drive incapacitated as a result of drugs or alcohol will be targeted for arrest to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.
Driving Under the Influence
Many people are not aware that you can receive a DUI for a variety of different substances, not just alcohol. Anything you ingest that will affect your judgement and or motor skills can get you a DUI charge. Contrary to popular belief, this includes a variety of different substances that you may use on a daily basis! Certain substances, such as illegal drugs, will get you a DUI if you test positive in any amount, regardless of your driving at the time. Other substances represent a bit of a grey area, and you will be charged with DUI based upon a combination of the amount of the substance in your body and your driving ability at the time of arrest. A man in California was recently charged with DUI for driving while caffeinated! The arresting officer noticed poor and erratic driving which he suspected was related to substance abuse, but the man did not test positive for alcohol or drugs. He was released but later charged with DUI citing significantly elevated caffeine levels present in his bloodwork.
Surprising Medications and Substances That Could Get You a DUI
- Cough and Cold Medicine – Nyquil, Robitussin, and other Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine-based medicines
- Caffeine – Coffee, espresso, energy drinks and caffeine pills
- Narcotic Pain relievers – Percocet, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Norcos and other oxycodone and hydrocodone-based medications
- Anti-anxiety medications – Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Halcion, Paxal and other benzodiazepines
- Hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder (“ADD”) medications – Adderall, Ritalin, Focalin and Concerta among others
The list of possible substances that could get you a DUI is immense, and would likely take up multiple pages on this website. No one could ever list them all, and it is difficult for many of us to avoid driving while on prescribed medications. This means that protecting yourself and others on the road requires you to be aware of your body and mind, and to make sure that you are fully capacitated before you behind the wheel.
It can be difficult for a prosecutor to prove that your impaired driving was based on the medication you were taking, but it does happen. If you have been charged with DUI for a substance that you didn’t even think it was possible for, please contact a Sacramento DUI attorney at this law firm immediately. We have experience fighting DUI cases involving all types of substances and are here to help!