When you went to the hospital for unusually bad pain, you knew that the team there would give you medication to help you feel better. They wrote you a prescription for painkillers, and they gave you muscle relaxant medications as well.

They explained that you may have some side effects, so they kept you in the hospital for a few hours to keep an eye on you. You didn’t feel any significant effects while you were there, so once you were released, you got in your vehicle and started on your way home. The next thing you knew, you were being stopped and accused of driving while impaired.

Can prescription medications lead to DUIs?

Absolutely. However, in a case like this, your attorney may be able to help you defend yourself. If you have monitored the medications in your system and were released while feeling well enough to walk and function, then even the staff may not have known that it was unsafe for you to drive.

This is the same in any kind of situation with medications involved. If you have used them in the past and had no idea that they’d affect you in a way that would make it unsafe for you to drive, then you should have a strong defense against the charges. It’s a good idea, though, to remember not to drive when you have medications in your system unless you’re positive you won’t be dizzy, drowsy or otherwise impaired.

Our site has more information on defending yourself against a DUI that you don’t feel you deserve. Medication side effects can sometimes be unpredictable, so it’s fair to fight for your innocence.