In Ohio, driving under the influence is defined as "the operation of any vehicle... when under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse...or any combination of the two". Meaning, you can get an OVI charge for using prescription drugs and driving.
Prescription drugs are managed under the same laws and drug schedules as recreational drugs. If your doctor has you on prescription opiates such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, cold medicine with codeine or hydrocodone, sedative-hypnotics or benzodiazepines, or stimulants like methylphenidate, you can certainly be arrested and charged with an OVI.
Getting charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of prescription drugs carries the same penalties as drinking and driving. In addition to hefty fines, you will have sanctions such as mandatory jail time, driver's license suspension, attending a drug & alcohol awareness program, mandatory drug tests, and drug abuse treatment.
If you've been recently arrested for OVI with prescription drugs in the Columbus area, give our office a call at (614) 444-1900. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys will help you obtain a favorable outcome. We have several defense options for cases like these, and we offer a free consultation, so don't hesitate to get in contact with us.
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