The state of Ohio takes a dim view of those who operate motor vehicles while drunk or under the influence of any drug. Operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) charges can have serious, long-lasting repercussions for drivers in Ohio. You could face fines, jail time and the loss of your license. Some people are mistakenly under the impression that drugs that a doctor prescribed are not subject to OVI enforcement. That misconception can result in you facing serious criminal charges. In the state of Ohio, you can face OVI charges and a conviction for an OVI even for legal prescription drugs.
Many substances that are legally prescribed by a doctor can have an impact on your ability to drive safely. Drugs from pain medications and sleep aids to cold medicine and even drugs like benzodiazepines and other psychiatric drugs can cause delayed reaction times and issues with safe driving. If you or someone that you love is facing criminal OVI charges because of a prescribed medication, an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney can help you explore options for a defense against these serious charges.