When people think of driving under the influence, they likely think about driving after having too much alcohol to drink. The image of an irresponsible adult leaving a bar or party may come to mind. However, DUIs are often more complicated than that. Sometimes, people have taken prescription medication and end up facing charges. Or, even some over-the-counter medications can cause issues. Suddenly, these individuals face very serious penalties without even realizing what they have done wrong.
In Utah, if a person is intoxicated it doesn’t matter if the person had taken illegal drugs, used alcohol or was taking prescription drugs — the penalties are the same. This can come as a huge shock to those facing charges for prescription drug use. These people can be good law abiding citizens that never intended to harm anyone or put others at risk.
Our law firm understands that sometimes these mistakes happen. We have 20 years of experience in handling these types of cases. We can help people overcome this mistake by aggressively protecting their legal rights. Our firm can make sure people understand what is happening at each stage in the legal proceedings.
Where appropriate, we can negotiate on behalf of people to seek a favorable outcome. In other cases, we can act as a strong advocate in court. Through this advocacy, we can ensure that people’s rights are upheld. We can make sure police and prosecutors are not using illegally obtained evidence and are following all necessary procedural rules. From the beginning of a case until its resolution, our firm can work tirelessly to uphold your interests.
For more information on how we can help those charged with DUI after prescription drug use, please see our Utah DUI Defense Attorney webpage.