Driving on Prescription Drugs Can Land You a DUI in Arizona

Can you get a DUI with prescription drugs

Driving on Prescription Drugs Can Land You a DUI in Arizona

Arizona is a zero-tolerance state when it comes to driving under the influence of drugs. Even with a valid prescription, you could still be charged with a DUI. The penalty for a drug-related DUI charge can be time spent in jail, heavy fines, and the suspension of your license. Here’s what you need to know about Arizona’s DUI laws and which drugs you’re not allowed to drive on.

DUI Laws Apply to Prescription Drugs in Arizona 

Just like alcohol and drowsiness, prescription drugs can hinder your ability to drive. With over half of the U.S. population taking some form of prescription drug, it may be surprising to learn that if you are suspected of driving under the influence in Arizona, your prescriptions may count against you. 

Driving with even the slightest impairment is illegal in Arizona because of the danger it poses to your own safety and that of others. While prescription drugs affect each person differently, the laws apply equally to everyone. Any drug that might slow your reaction time, keep you from focusing, or cause you to lose control of your vehicle is a danger and a violation of the law. 

Consequences of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Driving under the influence of drugs is a class 1 misdemeanor. Typically, this offense is punishable by up to six months in jail, $2,500 in fines, and 5 years of probation. However, DUIs have minimum sentences. If you are convicted of a class 1 misdemeanor DUI for drugs you will be subjected to a minimum of: 

What Prescription Drugs Are You Not Allowed to Drive On?

Arizona penal code 13-3401 describes a long list of drugs that are considered illegal to use while driving. The list is quite extensive, but if your prescription says you’re not allowed to “operate heavy machinery” that means it could impair your ability to drive. 

Here are some of the most common prescription drugs that could land you a DUI in Arizona: 

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Marijuana (THC)
  • Methylphenidate (Adderall)
  • Oxycodone (Percocet)
  • Zolpidem (Ambien)

Todd Coolidge Will Help You Fight a DUI

The loss of your license from a DUI conviction can have a huge impact on your lifestyle. In a state like Arizona, where driving is the easiest way to get to and from point A to point B, most people need to be able to drive. Here at Todd Coolidge Law Firm, we know the best ways to fight a DUI charge for prescription drugs. If you’re facing a DUI, don’t risk the loss of your license—contact us today to schedule a consultation.




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