What To Tell The Officer On Scene About Prescription Medications
In this article, you will discover:
- What to tell officers about prescription medications you may be taking
- Possible penalties for drug-related DUI convictions
- How drug-related DUI convictions can trigger an ignition interlock installation
I would not suggest telling a police officer voluntarily that you’re taking prescription medications for the simple fact that you can be charged with a DUI for taking prescription medications. Just because a doctor prescribed a mediation doesn’t mean that you get a free pass for a DUI. If the prescription medication renders you incapable of driving safely, and if the state can prove that beyond a reasonable doubt, you can be charged and convicted of a DUI for taking prescription medications. So, if possible, my suggestion is to politely decline to answer that question.
The Penalties For Drug-Related DUI Convictions
The penalties for a DUI drug conviction in Georgia are the same as those for an alcohol conviction. The first in ten years is a minimum of 24-hours in jail, the second is a 72-hour minimum with a one year maximum in jail, and a third is 15 days in jail with a maximum of one year in jail. Subsequently, a fourth in ten years is a felony which can be punish between one and five years in prison. The only real difference for the DUI drug is the license suspensions can be different. On a first, it’s not 120 day suspension with a work permit; it’s a six month license suspension. On a second, it’s a 12-month license suspension, and you can’t get any permit during that period.
How Drug-Related DUI Convictions Affect The Installation Of Ignition Interlock Devices
If it’s a second conviction or more, you will be required to have the interlock device in your car.