Facing a DUI in Maricopa County while taking a Prescribed medication?

by Aaron Black • October 26, 2017
“Impaired to the slightest degree,” in simple terms, means that you were categorized as being “kind of tipsy.” With that being said it is possible to be convicted of a DUI while using medication that was physician prescribed. In most instances, the State will try to prosecute you for being impaired to the slightest degree.
If you are charged with being “impaired to the slightest degree” in Maricopa County you could face jail time, fines, license suspension and a year of dealing with the IID (ignition interlock) on your vehicle.

Did you know you are always charged twice for a DUI?

What few people know is that when you are arrested for DUI in Phoenix, Arizona, you will always face two charges.
  • The first charge is the result of being over the legal limit of a .08 BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) 
  • The second charge falls under Arizona Revised Statute 28-1381(a)(1).  The statute states that you can be charged with driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating substance and "impaired to the slightest degree." 
Because of the severity of penalties and potentially life-changing implications of a conviction, it is essential to speak with an experienced DUI Defense Attorney in Maricopa County who has a clear understanding of the complexities of DUI laws in Phoenix. If you have been charged with a DUI while taking a prescribed medication, many defense stances can be taken on your behalf.

DUI defense for impaired to the slightest degree

  • Your physician gave you the ok to drive while taking the medication
  • There was only a therapeutic amount of the prescription medication in your system
  • You did not display signs of driving erratically
  • You have a prescription for the medication or pills
  • You have acquired tolerance levels while using the medication
  • Instead of a blood draw, the Police only took a urine sample

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If you have been charged with a DUI while taking prescription medication, contact the Law Office of Aaron Black or call to set up a free consultation today at 480-729-1683.

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