Do Not Drive Operate Heavy Machinery: What This Medication Label Means For Your DUI Case

20 August 2019
 Categories: Law, Blog


Getting into a car accident and being arrested for a DUI because you took prescription medication and it affected your ability to drive is never something you want to go through. However, if you find yourself in that position, a particular label on your medication may help your DUI attorney get you off with a proverbial slap on the wrist or acquitted entirely. Here is what that medication label is and why it may be the thing to turn your DUI case into nothing at all. 

Do Not Drive or Operate Heavy Machinery Until You Know How This Drug Affects You

Maybe you have heard people say this before, or maybe you have seen such a label on your medication or someone else's pills. There are dozens of medications that can affect your ability to drive, and each one will affect you differently; each one affects or has no effect on every individual differently. That is why pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies all place and request placement of this particular warning label on a number of medications that have been tested and found to cause various and potentially serious impacts on one's ability to drive. 

Why This Label Could Be Really Important to Your DUI Case

If you recently started a new medication and the first pill bottle did not have this label on it, the accident and resulting DUI arrest may not be your fault. When you were not warned of the possible effects of the medication, you could not be expected to know how the medication might affect you unless you received a verbal warning from the pharmacist or you read the entire leaflet that came with the medication (which most people never read). That said, it should not surprise you, or anyone else for that matter, that you fell asleep, became drowsy, lost motor control, had a seizure, blacked out from either high or low blood pressure, blacked out from high or low blood sugar, etc.

All of these issues can occur from various medications and cause an accident. The trouble really comes in when you are arrested for driving under the influence of prescription drugs, even if those drugs were prescribed to you to take for a medical condition you have. Your lawyer may argue that the courts cannot fault you for having a medical condition and beginning a new medication that was not properly labeled for unsafe driving.