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Anthony M. Salerno

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When a Massachusetts OUI involves prescription drugs

Having to pull over to the side of the road because a police car with flashing lights is behind you is one of many issues than can ruin an otherwise pleasant day. Circumstances may arise that take the seriousness of such situations up a few notches, such as thinking a Massachusetts police officer is stopping you for traveling a few miles over the posted speed limit to winding up under arrest for suspected OUI.

Perhaps your situation has something to do with the pain relief medication you took before getting behind the wheel. Many prescription drugs are perfectly legal but include warnings about operating motor vehicles under their influence; such drugs are also often highly addictive. Facing OUI in Massachusetts doesn’t necessarily mean the court will hand down a conviction. The type of support you secure before heading to court may significantly impact the outcome of your situation.

Prescription drugs that often go hand-in-hand with legal trouble

Maybe something happened to the original container your prescription came in, so you placed the pills in a baggie instead. Perhaps you were unaware that the original container had a warning against driving while taking the drug. The following types of medications often cause impairment and can place you at risk for legal problems if you operate a motor vehicle while such drugs are in your system:

  • Opioids, such as morphine, codeine, fentanyl or oxycodone are known for the ability to alleviate pain. They are controlled substances, illegal to take outside a licensed doctor’s prescription. Driving under the influence of such drugs may lead to a collision as well as criminal charges.
  • If you suffer from anxiety or have a lot of trouble falling asleep and staying asleep for several consecutive hours, your doctor may prescribe a central nervous system depressant drug to help resolve the problem. Such drugs may affect your ability to safely or legally operate a motor vehicle.
  • Massachusetts residents who suffer from narcolepsy, another type of sleep disorder where those who suffer this condition suddenly and unexpectedly fall asleep, may take stimulants, such as Adderall or Methylin to help them stay awake. Such drugs are highly addictive. They are also among the types of prescription drugs people often misuse or use illegally.

Calling home to tell your family you are under arrest for suspected OUI can be embarrassing. That phone call will likely be the first of many stressful situations if prosecutors also file drug-related charges against you. Rather than lose hope for obtaining a positive outcome, you can take advantage of available resources to help you try to avoid a conviction and get your life back on track.

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