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Prescription drug use and DWI

Did you know that you can get charged with DWI in Minnesota without taking a sip of alcohol or an illegal drug? That's right, DWI charges can stem from the use of legal prescription drugs. 

If you were operating a motor vehicle with Schedule I or II drug in your system, police can charge you with DWI. Schedule I and II drugs include common prescription drugs such as:

  • Adderall
  • Ambien
  • Codiene
  • Klonopin
  • Ritalin
  • Xanax
  • Vicodin

Thousands of Minnesotans take these drugs to treat medical problems and many are unaware they are committing a crime when they get into the car to run a quick errand after taking a prescription drug they need.

Under Minnesota law, defendants have a chance to prove they had a valid prescription and were following doctor's orders by taking the drugs. The problem with this is that it places the burden of proof on the defendant.

With these complex issues at play, it is more important than ever to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Before giving statements to the police or making any important decisions, talk to a lawyer who knows Minnesota law as it pertains to prescription drug use and DWI. 

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