While most DUI arrests in Nebraska involve alcohol, you can also be charged with driving under the influence if the police believe that you are impaired by drugs, whether legal, over-the-counter and prescription medications, or illegal substances such as marijuana. The potential consequences of a conviction can be very serious: driver’s license suspension, possible jail time, heavy fines, participation in drug or alcohol programs, and added insurance costs.
Established in 1965, the Berry Law Firm has developed and maintained a reputation for excellence in protecting the rights of people who have been arrested for driving under the influence. From our offices in Omaha and Lincoln, our lawyers handle prescription drug cases throughout Nebraska.
Many people do not understand how they can be charged with DUI when they were using nothing more than a prescription medication. While it is legal to drive after taking prescription drugs, some medications can affect a person’s ability to drive. They can also affect a person’s ability to perform standard field sobriety tests. If the police officer believes that a driver is impaired, that person may be charged with driving under the influence.
Charges for prescription drug DUI should be taken just as seriously as any other DUI charges. Our skilled attorneys have earned a statewide reputation for successfully challenging DUI evidence both at DMV revocation hearings and in DUI criminal proceedings.
Nebraska lawmakers recently postponed action on legislative bill 659, which would have made it a crime to drive with any concentration of Schedule III prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin or Tylenol 3 without a prescription. However, you can still be charged with DUI if police allege your driving was impaired.
For more information, contact the DUI defense lawyers at the Berry Law Firm at (402) 817-6550.