Can I Get Arrested For A DUI After Taking Prescription Medication That Makes Me Drowsy?

A common question that we get from clients is, can I be arrested for a DUI, otherwise known as impaired driving, after taking prescription medications? The answer is Yes. Driving under the influence refers to impaired driving, meaning your inability to operate a motor vehicle safely is affected negatively. You are not able to defend yourself against a DUI by claiming the medication you were on was prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter. It is your responsibility to know the side effects of the medication you are taking, whether prescribed or over the counter. You also have to ensure you have no impairment before you get into a car and start driving. For more information and to understand what options you have when you have been charged with a DUI or related criminal offence, please call us for a free consultation at 416-937-3777 or email at

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