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Prescription Drug DUI Archives

Is a Prescription Drug DUI the same as an alcohol DUI in Vista?

      A prescription drug DUI is treated the same as an alcohol DUI in Vista Courts.   The purpose of the "drunk driving" laws is to keep impaired drivers off the road as they pose a danger to other drivers and pedestrians.  Just because you have a prescription doesn't mean you are not impaired for purposes of driving if the drug effects your perception, judgement, reflexes and other mental and physical abilities required in driving a motor vehicle.  A prescription drug DUI is included in the California Vehicle Code section 23152(a) which states it is illegal to drive under the infliuence of alchol and/or a drug.

Prescription Drug DUI in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Escondido

      A Prescription Drug DUI, carries the same penalties as an alcohol DUI.  If you are taking legal drugs with a prescription, it is not a defense to DUI anywhere in North County, like Oceanside, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Escondido San Marcos or Vista. The purpose of the law is to keep drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs, legal or not, from driving. Many prescription drugs carry warnings not to drive or operate heavy machinery after taking. These drugs, while legal, slow reactions, impair judgment, and distort perception. Many of these drugs also greatly increase the effects of any alcohol and warn against drinking while taking medications. Pain killers like vicodin and oxycotin, anxietyand depression meds like Wellbutin, Xanax and Prozac are some of the prescription meds seen in Prescription Drug DUI cases, these are in addition to illegal drugs like marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine etc.

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