West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.
Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.
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The crime of driving under the influence (DUI) in Pennsylvania applies to motorists who are under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance. While many people assume that alleged offenders are only arrested for being under the influence of common illegal drugs, the truth is that drivers can be charged with DUI if they are impaired by legal prescription medications too.
A DUI arrest based on prescription drug usage (commonly called drugged driving, driving under the influence of drugs, or DUID) is just as serious as charges based on alcohol or an illegal drug. DUID cases involving prescription medications are much more complex than traditional alcohol-related DUI cases because it is often incredibly difficult to determine what dosage is considered too much to safely operate a motor vehicle.
If you were arrested for DUI anywhere in southeastern Pennsylvania for allegedly being under the influence of a prescription medication, it will be in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Ciccarelli Law Offices aggressively defends clients in communities throughout Chester County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, and the greater Philadelphia area.
Our West Chester criminal defense attorneys work as a team to fight for the most favorable outcome to DUI cases, including possibly getting the criminal charges reduced or dismissed. You can have our lawyers review your case and help you understand your legal options when you call (610) 719-3200 to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.
Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 3802(d) makes it illegal for an individual to drive, operate, or be in actual physical control of the movement of a motor vehicle under any of the following circumstances:
Certain prescription medications are classified as controlled substances. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that the most commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioids, central nervous system (CNS) depressants, and stimulants.
People may be charged with a prescription medication-related DUID offense if they test positive for any of the following common prescription drugs:
Under Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 3804(c), drugged driving arrests involving controlled substances such as prescription drugs are subject to the same punishments as DUI offenses involving the highest blood alcohol range. Depending on an alleged offender’s prior criminal record, a conviction could result in any of the following sentences:
An arrest for a prescription medication-related DUID offense is not the same as a conviction. A prosecutor still needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a prescription drug impaired the alleged offender’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
While a chemical test may prove the presence of a prescription medication in the alleged offender’s system, it rarely shows that a person was under the influence of that drug at the time he or she was driving. An experienced criminal defense attorney will not only be able to challenge the prosecutorial claims of impairment but can also investigate to determine whether there may have been any mistakes in the administration and handling of a chemical test.
Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Annual Plan And Report 2014-2015 — View this annual report from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs that includes numerous statistics and initiatives relating to substance abuse. Prescription drugs play a major role in the concerns and goals of the Department. Learn more about proper use of prescription drugs, access to treatment, and education about medication misuse.
PA Stop | The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance Campaign to Stop Opiate Abuse — The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance designed the PA Stop website “to educate Pennsylvanians about the risks of prescription painkiller and heroin use, the relationship between painkiller and heroin use, and what to do when you need help.” You can learn more about who is at risk of prescription opiate addiction and find answers to frequently asked questions about prescription drugs. The website also has several links to agencies throughout Pennsylvania if you are seeking help with a prescription drug addiction.
Were you arrested in southeastern Pennsylvania for DUI because you were allegedly under the influence of a prescription medication? You should contact Ciccarelli Law Offices as soon as possible for help exploring all of you possible legal defenses.
Our West Chester criminal defense attorneys have offices in West Chester, Springfield, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Square, and Malvern. Call (610) 719-3200 or complete an online contact form today to schedule a free consultation that will allow our lawyers to provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case.