Charged With OWI/DUI/DWI In Iowa Involving Prescription Drugs?
Was the substance that led to your OWI/DUI/DWI arrest a legal one? Prescription drugs such as hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Percocet, antidepressants and steroids sometimes have side effects that contribute to a drunk driving arrest. A police officer may have suspected you were under the influence of a controlled substance if you were jittery or otherwise apparently impaired.
Did You Have A Prescription?
A free pass for impaired driving is not guaranteed when the substance in question was a prescription drug. However, if your arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs was caused by a substance for which you have an active prescription, this may be a valid defense.
Was The Arresting Police Officer Trained In Drug Detection Through ARIDE?
Quite a few drivers who were taking prescriptions have been caught in law enforcement nets triggered by police training in the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program. This training effort, developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), informs law enforcement of physiological effects drugs have on the human body. The resulting increased scrutiny by police through eye examinations and other assessments can and does lead to arrests that might not have occurred otherwise.
Consider The Advantage Offered By A Des Moines, Iowa, Defense Attorney With Police OWI Training
As an OWI/DUI/DWI defense lawyer committed to preparedness in my law practice, I have taken the long version of the ARIDE course. My aim is to be as educated as police are in all aspects of drunk driving cases. Relatively few defense attorneys have undergone the extensive training that I have in these areas. I am convinced that my in-depth knowledge gives my clients an advantage when I go before IDOT hearing officers, prosecutors and judges in their defense.