Can I Get a DUI for Over-the-Counter Medication?

Woman with over-the-counter pills in her hand

Over-the-counter medication is great for a quick remedy. Whether it be allergies, a cold, a fever, or something similar, the ease of being able to go to a nearby store and purchase a treatment to make someone feel better is reassuring. Many medications come with warnings that some may not review before taking. This can have detrimental consequences as a driver can receive a DUI even if they only have over-the-counter medication in their system.

How Can This Happen?

Law enforcement officials can test for the presence of many different drugs in a driver’s system, including over-the-counter medications. Many over-the-counter medications will list warnings about driving or operating heavy machinery. If someone sees this warning, they need to ensure they do not drive after taking medication.

A driver may become drowsy or incoherent with over-the-counter medication in their system, causing that person to drive as if they were drunk or high. Therefore, even though a driver may not have an illegal amount or other controlled substance in their system, they could still face DUI charges for how they were driving.

Plan Ahead

Drivers who take any medication that could make them drowsy need to plan ahead. They should ensure that someone else is behind the wheel if they must travel somewhere. This way, they will not have to worry about driving after taking medication.

Pulled Over After Taking Over-the-Counter Medication?

If you are pulled over by law enforcement and suspect you are under the influence of medication, it is important to cooperate with them. You can explain your situation, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will believe you or let you go without charges.

If you were charged with a DUI after taking over-the-counter medication, you need an experienced DUI attorney who can fight for you. The team at The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates specializes in all types of DUI cases and has the knowledge needed to get you the best result possible. Contact our dedicated attorneys online or by phone. (909) 658-7341

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