A school bus driver in Bartow County stands accused of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs, according to local authorities.
Sharon Fisher was allegedly swerving on Red Top Mountain Road at around 2 p.m., Monday, March 11, 2019. According to witnesses who saw her driving, she nearly hit multiple cars while driving the school bus.
Fisher was asked to take a field sobriety test, which she failed. Fisher denied abusing prescription drugs or using any illegal drugs. She expressed that she was sure a drug test would come back negative. Fisher's husband stated that there was an issue with the windshield wipers, which caused Fisher to swerve across the center line.
According to the husband, she takes an occasional muscle relaxer that is prescribed to her. He further stated that the school knows about the prescription. Fisher is now out of jail on $2,924 bond, and authorities are conducting an investigation.
If you or someone you care about has been arrested for DUI, an experienced Georgia DUI attorney can defend your case and protect your rights.
Influence of Prescription Drugs
When a person is prescribed prescription drugs, there are often side effects that may have an unexpected impact on your ability to drive. When this happens, you are suddenly and possibly unexpectedly at risk of getting a DUI.
It is crucial to understand that just because you were taking a prescription drug at the time you were driving does not automatically mean that you were intoxicated or "less safe" to drive. This must be proven by the Georgia prosecutor beyond a reasonable doubt.
Defending Your Case
To defend your case, the help of an attorney with years of experience working with prescription drug experts is someone you need in your corner. Driving while taking prescription drugs is not illegal unless if you are "under the influence" and your driving is less safe as a result.
An expert in prescription drugs can testify about therapeutic drug levels that are safe to consume while driving. With the help of an expert by your side, you can prove to the court or jury that you were not intoxicated at the time you were driving, despite the fact that the prosecutor is trying to say you were.
Never assume that just because you are charged with DUI that you are guilty. In so many cases, people are falsely accused of driving while intoxicated when in fact they are legally and safely using prescription medicines that are vital to their health.
Consult a Georgia DUI Attorney
You have options to defend your case when you are charged with driving under the influence of prescription drugs. The so-called "tests" are often inaccurate, and you should never assume you are going to be found guilty.
If you are facing DUI charges in the state of Georgia, an experienced Georgia DUI attorney knows how to defend your case and protect your constitutional rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.