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Use of a prescription medication could lead to DUI charges

Being involved in a traffic stop can be a stressful and daunting process, which may only become more challenging should allegations of impairment arise. A DUI is a serious offense that, contrary to popular belief, may not always include the consumption of alcohol. Individuals in Wisconsin may find it advisable to know the potential side effects of their prescription medications, as they could also have an impact on one's ability to drive.

There are a multitude of prescription medications that can alter a person's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Companies that manufacture these medications are required to provide a list of all possible side effects, as are the medical professionals who prescribe them to patients. However, this may not always happen, or an individual could choose to ignore them, perhaps believing the chances of experiencing these effects are too low to pay heed to them.

One might fully understand the risks of driving while on a sedative or narcotic. Unfortunately, even a medication for a condition such as blood pressure can create impairment, and if a traffic stop occurs under such circumstances, the driver could soon be facing accusations of driving under the influence. The penalties for similar charges are severe, and a conviction could have a devastating impact on a person's future.

Individuals who are facing DUI charges may wish to protect themselves from suffering unnecessary consequences, but the process can be complex. By speaking with a defense attorney, a person in Wisconsin could obtain some much-needed guidance on how best to approach the situation. An attorney can thoroughly evaluate the circumstances a client is facing and assist in pursuing the most favorable outcome possible during subsequent legal proceedings.

Source:, "Does Your Medication Make You a Worse Driver?", Mary Elizabeth Dallas, Accessed on Nov. 19, 2017

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