Indiana’s laws regarding operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI)
cover more than just driving under the influence of alcohol. They also
prohibit driving vehicles while using drugs that prevent people from operating
automobiles safely, regardless of whether or not you have a doctor’s
permission to use the medication.
Many pain medicines, for example, have a soporific effect on their users,
meaning they make people sleepy. These medications usually indicate whether
or not it is safe to use them and operate heavy machinery. Those that
are not safe have a warning on the side of the prescription bottle.
Even over-the-counter medication could lead to an OWI charge if it affects
your driving. Cough medicine and allergy medications sometimes cause people
to doze off at the wheel, which can endanger the life of the driver as
well as any other people around the vehicle.
When you begin taking a new medication, make sure to check with your physician
or a pharmacist about the effects the medication can have on your driving
skills. They have the knowledge it takes to understand how the drugs might
affect your ability to operate a vehicle.
Likewise, if you are pulled over because an officer suspects you of being
under the influence of alcohol, the breathalyzer may not indicate intoxication,
but a blood test at the station might.
If you are being accused of an OWI, do yourself a favor and talk to one
of our skilled
Fort Wayne OWI attorneys as soon as possible. We have more than 50 years of combined legal experience
to offer your case, and we are dedicated to providing knowledgeable and
aggressive advocacy to our clients. Let us see what we can do for you.
Contact us at (888) 912-7220 or fill out our online form to schedule a free phone