California’s DUI laws can be complex and confusing. In this section, our attorneys break down the rules and explain the process.
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Driving while under the influence of hydrocodone can lead to criminal charges for driving under the influence of drugs. The DUID laws in most states apply to all drugs that impair one’s driving abilities. This includes prescription painkillers such as hydrocodone (or the pain medicine more commonly known as “Vicodin”).
A few common prescription painkillers that can give rise to charges of DUID include:
The particular penalties that a person may face for a DUI of painkiller conviction will depend on the state where a person was convicted. A few standard DUID penalties though may include:
People can legally drive after taking prescription medications if the drugs do not impair their ability to drive safely.
But most states say that drivers are guilty of DUID or DUI of Vicodin/DUI of painkillers if the following are true:
Note that driving under the influence of hydrocodone (or another painkiller) is a crime no matter whether a person:
There are a number of painkillers that, if abused or used excessively, can lead to DUID or DUI of painkiller charges.
Some of the more common painkillers (or prescription drugs used for pain management) are:
Typical signs/symptoms of using pain medicines (which are also what police officers look for when making DUI of pain killer arrests) include:
Note that other healthcare issues and serious side effects associated with prescription pain medicine abuse include:
If you believe you are experiencing life-threatening issues/serious complications/withdrawal symptoms of a prescription painkiller, please seek emergency medical care and consult a healthcare professional as well as your prescribing doctor as soon as possible.
The specific penalties that someone may face for a DUI of painkiller conviction will depend on the particular laws of the state in which a person was convicted in.
Some standard penalties, though, include:
Yes. People facing charges of DUID or DUI of a painkiller can challenge them with a legal defense.
The best defense for fighting a DUI of Vicodin charge often depends on the circumstances of the case and a state’s laws on DUID.
But with that said, some common legal defenses to DUI of painkiller charges include:
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.