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St. Charles prescription medication DUI lawyer

Most people think of alcohol when the topic of DUI comes up. However, the term DUI stands for “driving under the influence,” and a driver can be under the influence of many different substances in addition to alcohol. These substances can include illegal drugs and even legally prescribed medications. Taking medication may not necessarily affect a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle. However, if certain medicines do cause impairment, someone behind the wheel could face penalties for DUI with prescription medication

Commonly Prescribed Medications Leading to DUI

Not all prescribed medications are known for causing impaired driving. For example, taking birth control or a medication used to reduce cholesterol may not affect your ability to drive. However, many other medications are known to impair drivers, and it is important to understand how those prescribed medicines will affect you before you get behind the wheel of a car. These common types of medications usually have a warning label on the bottle, but if there is any question about how they might affect your driving ability, you should speak to your prescribing doctor or pharmacist. Some prescription medications that could cause impairment include:

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Naperville DUI Lawyers

With a DUI, most people immediately think of drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. While alcohol is the most commonly used intoxicant, it is not the only substance that it is illegal to be under the influence of while operating a motor vehicle. According to Illinois law, it is unlawful for any driver to be under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both while operating a motor vehicle. With medical marijuana legal in Illinois and recreational legalization perhaps on the horizon, driving under the influence of marijuana charges are increasingly common.

Marijuana and Illinois DUI Laws

In 2014, medical marijuana became legal for Illinois residents, as long as they have a valid prescription and I.D. card issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Cardholders are permitted to have up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in the car with them, as long as it is kept in a secure and sealed container. Cardholders are not permitted to be under the influence of marijuana while driving, even if it is medically prescribed.

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Current State of Marijuana Laws in IllinoisMarijuana laws are changing rapidly all over the country, and it is important to stay up to date on the changes in your state. To be sure, keeping abreast of the following marijuana laws in the state can help ensure you avoid facing drug charges in the future.

Medical Marijuana

Since 2013, Illinois has had a medical marijuana program. People diagnosed with certain qualifying conditions can apply for a medical cannabis registry identification card. In order to receive entry into the program, a patient must get written verification from his or her medical providers that specify the conditions that make a person eligible for the program. If someone receives medical services from the Veterans Administration, there is a slightly different process which requires the submission of one year of medical records.

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medical marijuana user, Illinois criminal defense attorney, field sobriety tests, Illinois DUI, With Illinois joining the list of states that allow the use of marijuana for medical treatment, there are some changes to the Illinois law on driving under the influence (DUI) geared to accommodate the medical marijuana law. The medical marijuana law, known officially as the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, was signed into law last year. The law allows a person with a prescription to legally use marijuana in order to treat symptoms of a debilitating medical condition or lessen any pain associated with it.

DUI Laws Regarding Marijuana

 Under the Illinois DUI law, it is illegal for anyone to drive a vehicle while impaired by the use of alcohol or drugs. While the DUI law prohibits driving while there is any trace of an intoxicating drug in your system, the law provides an exception for medical marijuana users. This exception recognizes that marijuana does not immediately leave the body after use. In fact, marijuana can sometimes be detected in a user’s system up to thirty days after use.

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