Defense for Prescription Drug DUI Charges

A man with pills in a carDUIs are commonly associated with drunk driving and illegal substances, but many people are surprised to learn that you can be charged with a DUI for driving while under the influence of prescription medications. Unfortunately, prescription drug DUI cases are on the rise in the greater Phoenix area, and the penalties for this type of charge are as strict as those associated with any other type of DUI. Arizona’s strict DUI policies and the serious consequences of a conviction can be extremely stressful. However, attorney James E. Novak, P.C. has a long history of successfully defending those charged with DUIs. With a primary focus on this branch of criminal law, he has an intimate knowledge of the minute details associated with DUI charges, and the most successful arguments for defense. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Prescription Drug DUIs on the Rise

According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, prescription drug DUIs have been on the rise for more than a decade, and in 2012 the number of drug DUIs (both illegal and prescription) increased by 12%. In fact, in some parts of the greater Phoenix area, such as Mesa, drug related DUIs constituted more than half all DUI arrests. Unfortunately, many don’t realize that their prescriptions cause impaired driving, and they do not know that it is considered illegal to drive while taking them. And with the increase in legal medical marijuana prescriptions, more people are driving under the influence of this drug, not realizing that it is not legally permissible. Other drugs that can result in a prescription drug DUI include:

  • Vicodin®
  • Xanax®
  • Valium®
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • OxyContin®
  • Hydrocodone
  • Percocet®

Defending Prescription Drug DUIs

If you are dealing with a prescription drug DUI charge and you hope to have your charges dropped or reduced, qualified legal counsel is essential. As an attorney who focuses primarily on DUI cases, James E. Novak knows the most effective arguments for your defense. Some of the arguments he may use include:

  • Police pulled you over without probable cause
  • The blood test was tainted
  • The blood test was improperly administered
  • There is not sufficient evidence that you were impaired
  • You were impaired because of other factors over which you had no control

If he is unable to have your charges dismissed, Novak may be able to arrange a sentence bargain. For instance, he may have your jail time shortened in exchange for community service or drug counseling.

Contact the Office of James Novak

If you have been accused of driving under the influence of prescription drugs, call attorney James E. Novak today. Arizona has some of the most rigorous DUI standards in the country, so it is important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible and begin crafting an effective defense strategy. James Novak’s vast experience in this specialized branch of law is the surest way to protect your rights if you have been charged with a DUI of any kind.

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