I was charged with driving my vehicle while taking prescribed medication. I struck a sign on the side of the road. I was going thru the death of my mom and my father was in intensive care. I have a bipolar disorder and am not sure what really happened. What should I do?
You are facing the same penalties as a DUI if you are convicted. The minimum sentence on a DUI is 12 months probation during which you must, pay a minimum fine of $300 and maximum fine of $1,000. You will be facing at least 40 hours of community service, undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation and complete any follow up treatment as recommended by the evaluator. You will also have to take DUI school and possibly attend a Mother's Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel.
There is no minimum jail sentence (since you did not have an alcohol concentration exceeding .08 grams), and the maximum jail sentence is 12 months in jail. Generally, on a first offense, you will have no more than 24 hours in jail and you may likely avoid jail time entirely.
If convicted of DUI Drugs, your license will be suspended for a minimum of six months without a work permit.
DUI Prescription Drug cases are more difficult for the the prosecutors to prove as there is a higher burden of proof than other DUI cases. Good DUI lawyers can usually help you avoid a conviction for DUI Drugs. You should contact a good DUI lawyer immediately to help protect your rights.
I am sorry to hear that you have had some difficult life circumstances. Especially during difficult times, it is critically important that you get treatment for your bipolar disorder, and that you follow the recommended course of treatment.
You should hire an attorney as soon as possible as you could be facing a license suspension within 10 days of your arrest. Otherwise, penalties are almost the same for a DUI-alcohol with the exception of a license suspension upon a conviction for DUI-Drugs which would a hard 6 month suspension - no permit. Should you need to consult with someone, do not hesitate to contact me. With regards,
P. Darrell Kimbrell
My colleagues are correct. If I can add anything, it is simply to stress again the importance of getting an attorney immediately to protect you and your rights. These incidents can spiral into long periods of license suspension. Please let me know if I can help.
M. Jason Rhoades
When we hear the phrase "DUI," we always think it means alcohol. In Georgia, you can be charged with DUI, even if you weren't drinking, but were following doctor's orders in taking your prescriptions.
You need an experienced attorney to help you avoid conviction.
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