Driving under the influence of alcohol is very dangerous for anyone. No matter how careful you are, the risk of getting into an accident or hurting someone is very high. However, alcohol is not the only thing that can affect your driving. Over-the-counter drugs such cold medicine, cough syrup, and many others can just as easily affect your level of focus and alertness when taken excessively. In many states, driving under the influence of drugs is treated the same as and sometimes worse than driving under the influence of alcohol. As a matter of fact, there is a possibility that you will get arrested and be convicted if you are driving impaired.
Although legal, over-the-counter drugs come with side effects and warnings as they can impair your senses and ability to drive. For instance, medicines such as antihistamines might cure your allergies and irritations; however, they do not free you from feeling weak or sleepy. Cough medicines can cause similar impairment. You might feel better at the moment, but you can never be too sure when the side effects will start to kick in. You also cannot be certain when the effects of the medicine will wear off. To save yourself from trouble, it is better to ask a friend to drive you or take a taxi to get to your destination.
What to Do
However, if you find yourself in an unfortunate situation, your best option is to consult a DUI criminal law attorney and have him assess your situation. If you get in an accident and cause someone injury, your blood will be tested. You are likely to be charged with DUI if the test is positive for any alcohol or drugs. You need a defense DUI lawyer to represent you in the case.
If you firmly believe that you are not driving under influence, you have to notify your DUI lawyer right away so that he can make the necessary arrangements. Your criminal law attorney will offer a courtesy notice once your warrant of arrest goes through. This can save you from any hassle and humiliation. It might be a long shot, but giving a courtesy notice can imply that you have taken responsibility for your action and you are willing to come forward and request to set a bail instead of being arrested and taken by the police with resistance.
Hiring a lawyer can reduce (if not eliminate) your chances of getting charged with DUI. It is always recommended to take the proactive approach with these things otherwise you might have to face higher bail or worse, jail time. Contact a firm like Larson, Latham, Huettl Attorneys for help.