Just because your doctor legally prescribed you a medication, does not mean that you are allowed to operate a vehicle while under the influence of the substance.
According to 47 O.S. § 761, you may not operate a vehicle while your “ability to operate such motor vehicle is impaired by the consumption of…any other substance, other than alcohol, which is capable of being ingested, inhaled, injected or absorbed into the human body and is capable of adversely affecting the central nervous system, vision, hearing or other sensory or motor function.” So when it comes to impairment caused by legally and illegally controlled substances, there is no distinguishing between the two.
It is important to understand that prescription drugs can have strong effects on various parts of the body. While the effects may vary from person to person due to various factors such as health and tolerance, physicians typically inform their patients not to take specific prescription medications prior to operating a vehicle.
A first offense for drugged driving is considered a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of one year and a fine of up to $1,000. If you are arrested for drugged driving, you need to consult with an experienced DUI attorney in order to take the first step to resolving your criminal charges.
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