When it comes to a conviction for driving while under the influence of intoxicating substances, most people probably think of alcohol or hard drugs. But if the police pull you over for driving under the influence of certain medications and legal drugs – including medical marijuana – you can still receive a DUI charge. It’s important to know what it is safe to consume before you get behind the wheel, in order to avoid the risk.
Non-alcohol legal intoxicating substances
Oklahoma DUI laws specify that a driver can receive a DUI charge for driving under the influence of any intoxicating substance, not just alcohol. The legislature defines intoxicating substances as anything that renders you incapable of safely driving or operating a motor vehicle.
Even though Oklahoma has decriminalized medical marijuana, you still cannot lawfully drive after consuming it. This is because marijuana lowers your reaction time and alters your state of mind. This means that it makes it more difficult to navigate the rapidly changing conditions of traffic without putting yourself and other drivers at risk. The same is true of prescription medications that can make you drowsy, light-headed and nauseous.
If you are convicted, you could face some serious legal consequences. For example, you could have to pay a fine and have your license temporarily suspended. Under certain circumstances, you could even have your vehicle confiscated.
You have defenses available to you
It is essential that you contact an attorney as soon as possible after the authorities charge you with driving while under the influence. The more proactive you are in hiring an attorney, the more likely it will be that you will be able to craft a solid defense.
If you or someone you know has received a DUI charge for medical marijuana or prescription drugs, make sure you call Talley, Turner, Stice & Bertman right away to get started on preparing your defense.