Prescription Drug DUII/DUIs In Oregon

Drunk driving is a well-known criminal offense. But few people realize they can also face charges for driving under the influence of certain medications.

In Oregon, the crime of driving under the influence of intoxicants ( DUII) is broad enough to include prescription drugs and even some over-the-counter medications. And the penalties for a conviction involving medications are just as serious.

What Types Of Drugs Can Get You Into Trouble?

The common culprits are medications that impair your judgment, perception or motor skills. Examples include:

  • Narcotics such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin
  • Anti-anxiety medication such as Xanax and Klonopin
  • Sleep aids such as Ambien and Lunesta
  • Anti-addiction drugs such as Methadone and Suboxone

These medications affect everyone differently. And unlike alcohol-related DUIs, there is no black-and-white threshold for what amount of drugs constitutes a violation. The challenge for the prosecution in prescription drug DUI cases is to show that the medication actually impaired your driving. You can take advantage of this challenge by preparing a strong defense.

Don't Battle The Charges On Your Own

I am Forrest Reid, a criminal defense attorney in Albany, Oregon. I have handled countless DUII cases during my over 30-year career. Many of those cases involved prescription drugs. If you are facing charges, contact me for a free consultation to discuss your rights.

As your lawyer, I will stand by you through all stages of your case. Knowing that you won't have to face the process alone can alleviate much of the intimidation and fear. I have devoted my entire career to defending the accused, and I look forward to helping you, too.

To get in touch, call 541-926-3823. I handle DUII cases throughout the Albany area. I also represent Oregon State University students facing charges.