Very recently, I had major eye sugery and my doctor prescribed me some pretty potent pain medications to assist me in the recovery process. This experience reminded me again of the hazards/perils of prescription pain medications and driving as well as how often the public doesn’t associate prescriptions with DUI’s. Over the years, I have represented many people for prescription drug DUI’s including oxycontin, ambien, zanax, percocet and even some anti-depressants. Although, I managed to negate the DUI charges (obtain a reduced charge or dismissal) in every case, it still was a very costly and traumatic experience for the ones involved.
Remember, a valid prescription is not necessarily a Defense to DUI in Washington State.