Birmingham Prescription Drug DUI Attorney

Defending Those Accused of Abusing Prescription Drugs

Did you know you could face just as severe penalties for driving under the influence of prescription drugs as driving under the influence of alcohol? Under the Alabama DUI statute, §32-5A-191, a driver can expect equal liability for drugged driving. According to the law,

"A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle while: under the influence of a controlled substance to a degree which renders him incapable of safely driving; under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance to a degree which renders him incapable of safely driving; or under the influence of any substance which impairs the mental or physical faculties of such person to a degree which renders him incapable of safely driving."

What if I Had a Valid Prescription?

Even if you have a valid prescription, you could still be charged with drugged driving if the medication hindered your ability to operate a motor vehicle. Examples of prescription drugs that could affect your ability to drive include:

  • OxyContin
  • Percocet
  • Vicodin

Prescription Drug Abuse Is Taken Very Seriously in Alabama

Prescription drug DUIs are becoming more common as prescription drugs are the most commonly abused drugs in the United States, behind only marijuana. Alabama takes prescription drug abuse seriously and if you have been charged with a prescription drug DUI, you need to take action immediately and retain the services of an experienced DUI attorney. If convicted of this crime, you could face the loss of your driving privileges, jail time, fines, a mark on your criminal record, and more.

In Alabama, the following can be imposed if you are convicted of drugged driving:

  • 1st Offense: No more than 1 year of imprisonment, a $600-$2,100 fine, and a 90-day license suspension.
  • 2nd Offense within 5 Years: 5 days (mandatory) or up to 1 year of imprisonment or 30 days community service, a $1,100-$5,100 fine, and a 1-year revocation of your driver's license (or two years of having an ignition interlock device installed on your car).
  • 3rd Offense: Not less than 60 days and up to 1 year of imprisonment, a $2,100-$10,100 fine and a 3-year revocation of your driver's license (or 3 years of having an ignition interlock device installed on your car).
  • 4th or Subsequent Offense: A Class C Felony, 1 year and a day or up to 10 years of imprisonment, a $4,100-$10,100 fine, five year driver's license revocation (or five years of having an ignition interlock device installed on your car), and you must complete a substance abuse program before your license can be reinstated (penalties can be doubled if the driver was over 21 and there was a child under 14 in the vehicle).

Call our team at Tidwell Law Group, LLC today!

Because drug impairment cannot be measured as easily as alcohol impairment, our attorneys will do everything possible to prove that you were unaware of the effects the drugs would have on you, when you got behind the wheel. For the skilled criminal defense you need on your side, do not hesitate to contact The Tidwell Law Group, LLC and to get over a decade of legal experience on your side. We represent clients living in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.