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Anti-Depressants DUI in Orange County


Driving Under the Influence of Prescription medication is the latest trend in charges filed in Orange County, CA. Most common, the police will arrest a driver who has taken a central nervous system depressant, even if the medication was prescribed.

A Central Nervouse System Depressant dui include alcohol, barbituates, anti-anxiety, anti-depressants, tranquilizers and numerous other prescription drugs and medications.

In order to be arrested for a DUI involving drugs, police must do the following Drug Recognition Evaluation:

  • Breath alcohol test
  • Interview of arresting officer
  • Preliminary examination and first pulse
  • Eye examinations
  • Divided attention tests:
  • Romberg
  • Walk and turn
  • One leg stand
  • Finger to nose
  • Vital signs and second pulse
  • Dark room examinations and ingestion examination
  • Check for muscle tone
  • Check for injection sites and third pulse
  • Interrogation, statements, and other observations
  • Opinion of evaluator
  • Toxicological examination

Central Nervouse System depressants include Carisoprodol, Soma, Benadryl, Dramamine, Dilantin and Ambien.

Anti-anxiety medications include Alprazolam, Xanax, Chlordiazepoxide, Lubrium, Clonazepam, Klonopin, Diasepam, Valium, Lorazepam, Ativan, Meprobramate, Restoril.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for a DUI involving prescription medication in Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach or Orange County, contact DUI Lawyer Scott D. Hughes for your free consultation.

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