DUI Valium Georgia
Valium is the brand name for diazepam, which belongs to the benzodiazepines drug group. It is often prescribed by doctors to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes it is combined with other medications to treat seizures. This medication is classified as a Schedule 4 drug because of some potential for abuse. When it is combined with alcohol, mental ability and physical coordination are decreased.
Some of the side effects of Valium may include drowsiness, sleepiness, and confusion. Users can also experience side effects similar to those of alcohol, such as disorientation and slurred speech. A person who is taking it may fail the field sobriety tests used to look for signs of alcohol consumption, such as the one-leg stand, walk-and-turn, and horizontal gaze nystagmus.
A conviction carries the same penalties as a drinking and driving conviction. You may be sentenced to pay court costs and large fines, perform community service, and serve time behind bars. A 12-month probation period may be ordered by the judge, and you can lose your license for at least one year (if this is your first offense). Your conviction will be reported on your criminal record and could affect future job opportunities.
Because Valium is a controlled substance, it is available by prescription only. If you are stopped on suspicion of DUI and the officer finds that you have no prescription for it, you could face serious drug possession charges in addition to your drunk driving charge.
While driving under the influence of Valium is a serious criminal offense, your case can be properly defended if you have the right Georgia defense attorney in your corner. Hire an attorney as soon as possible so that he or she can begin fighting the automatic license suspension and investigating your case.
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