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Most often, we think of DUI charges as involving alcohol, this is not always the case.  There are many types of prescription medications that can cause impairment in an individual, and this can lead to arrest and charges of impaired driving.  One serious element of these cases is that BAC (blood alcohol content) is irrelevant in these situations and therefore, you could be convicted of impaired driving based on the testimony of a police officer, and some other evidence.  When facing drug DUI charges, you need to ensure that you have representation on your side that will fight alongside you and work towards the results that you need.

Mathias G. Chaplin is a Columbia DUI attorney, and he has extensive experience in representing the criminally accused residents of Columbia, South Carolina.  When you choose his services, you will receive legal assistance that is based on experience, dedication, and hard work.  The legal team at this firm works together to provide their clients with the most comprehensive legal assistance possible.  They will ensure that your rights are upheld and defended throughout the duration of the charges that you face.


According to South Carolina CL §56.5.2930, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of any drug or combination of drugs which can cause impairment.  Sadly, this means that you could be prescribed a medication by your physician in order to treat a condition or illness, and you could be pulled over on your way to work, and arrested for impaired driving.  This is a serious issue, and can easily occur where you had no intention of causing harm to another, and it could even be a simple offense where you had a lack of information.

If you are convicted of this offense, then according to CL §56.5.2940, you are subject to a fine of $400 and imprisonment for 48 hours to 30 days.  You may be able to serve several hours of community service in lieu of your minimum jail sentence.  When police officers are looking to see if you are driving under the influence of drugs, then they may look for many of the same signs as alcohol impairment.  These can include: difficulty focusing, slurred speech, droopy eyes, lack of coordination, swerving, reckless driving, and many other symptoms.  It is crucial that you have representation on your side that can help you fight the charges against you and pursue the future that you desire.

Contact us today if you’ve been charged with impaired driving to explore your options.

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