Can a DUI involve prescription drugs?
I happens all the time, it doesn’t have to be an illicit illegal substance. When they give you painkillers.
They will label on the bottle that you should use caution operating heavy equipment. Who really understands what that means? Most people think “well, I won't get on the fork lift” or “I won't drive the dump truck or use the jackhammer”. But the fact of the matter is, a motor vehicle is a considered dangerous instrumentality. You can be charged with driving under the influence if the police are satisfied that your normal faculties are impaired based upon something you've ingested even legally. So that's one of the reasons why implied consent allows for a breath test and a urine test. You may blow breathalyzer 0.00. But if the officer has a suspicion that maybe something is a wrong, maybe you told them that you’re suffering from injuries. That you’ve taken Hydrocodone or Oxycodone. At that point in time it can be detected in the urine and at that point in time the officer may consider that a basis to revoke your license and charge you with driving under the influence. With no alcohol at all. And how much of a warning is really on the pill bottle, not much.