Yes, you can get a DUI for driving on Adderall. According to Pennsylvania statute 3802, any substance that impairs a person’s ability to drive puts them at risk of punitive action. The same law classifies Adderall as a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning that if one has their driving abilities affected by this drug, they can be found guilty of driving under the influence. Even if you have a prescription for Adderall, it still has a high potential for abuse and is heavily regulated by the state.
Adderall Can Impact One’s Driving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that Adderall is a drug designed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It helps to improve a user’s focus and attention, which could hypothetically make someone who has been prescribed Adderall a more focused and attentive driver. However, according to Molecular Psychiatry, Adderall has a high potential for abuse and can be neurotoxic. For this reason, it can cause erratic behaviors in users that they would not otherwise experience. The CDC notes that because of Adderall’s side effects, including drowsiness and dizziness, it can cause a slower reaction time in users. For this reason, it can cause a driver to have delayed reflexes, pay less attention to the road, or make poor judgments while operating a vehicle.
Taking Adderall While Driving
Drugs naturally affect different people in different ways. However, drugs that impact a driver’s alertness, in the eyes of the law, is just as dangerous as alcohol. You can get a DUI when driving on Adderall but it is not the only type of drug that can result in a citation. Even over-the-counter medicines can impair your ability to drive safely. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers to first look at the labeling of certain medications before deciding what dose to take. Any warnings of drowsiness or instructions to not operate heavy machinery should dissuade one from driving.
Ultimately, any drug that impairs your ability to safely operate a moving vehicle puts you at risk for legal action, no matter what the extenuating circumstances may be.
Being Arrested for Driving on Adderall
Even if you have not consumed any alcohol, you can still receive a DUI and be arrested for driving on Adderall. Your impairment will be assessed by the officer’s observations and how well you perform during a field sobriety test. Passing a breathalyzer does not mean you will be cleared of a DUI. Police officers are trained to identify drivers who are impaired by drugs. You may be issued a blood test to determine how much of the medication was in your system at the time of your arrest.
Penalties for Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the consequences you face after being arrested for a DUI will depend on the severity of your impairment. While there are strict guidelines in place determining penalties for drunk drivers, there are no such clear outlines for those driving under the influence of drugs. However, PennDOT notes that combined with the traffic fine, increase of insurance premiums, and other costs can reach thousands of dollars. This is assuming that you have been pulled over solely for erratic driving and have not caused a collision. Should you have caused an accident that resulted in any injuries or fatalities, you may find yourself facing criminal charges. At this point, you may want to seek the guidance of a lawyer to help you navigate the judicial process.
Call McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. to Learn More
Adderall affects each of its users differently. While some people report getting the boost they need to help them focus on certain tasks, other people do not respond as well. After taking this drug, some may experience difficulties performing even the most routine tasks.
Former criminal prosecutor Attorney David C. McKenzie III is here to help. He and his team can evaluate your case to determine a course of action for your defense. Pennsylvania views DUI charges very seriously, and if your situation is not handled properly you may find yourself facing jail time or losing your driving privileges.
Some of the services our team can provide include:
- Representing you in court
- Keeping you updated on the evolution of your case’s proceedings
- Investigating the details surrounding your arrest
- Creating a strategy designed to work in your best interests
You can get a DUI for driving on Adderall and other drugs. Failing to meet a DUI charge with appropriate action can be detrimental to your future. Having the knowledge and resources of a legal team by your side can ensure that you understand your rights as you enter the legal process.
To learn more, contact McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. today by calling (610) 680-7842.