Machelle Dean, the mother-in-law of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin, was arrested on a DUI charge in Volusia County, Florida and was reportedly driving so recklessly that she nearly struck a pedestrian.
Reports state that Machelle had taken prescription pain medicine before diving, and was driving recklessly down the road nearly hitting a pedestrian. In Arizona as well as other states it is not illegal to drive while taking prescription pain medicine, just like it is not illegal to drive while drinking alcohol. The law prohibits driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. This distinction is important because you can legally take prescription drugs and drive, but in Arizona and many other states if you ability to drive is impaired to the slightest degree you are guilty of DUI.
There are always exceptions to every rule. George Zimmerman’s mother-in-law should have consulted a doctor about driving while on her medication. Had she done that and the doctor said that it was fine to drive while on the medication and she took it in accordance with the doctors orders she might be responsible for the DUI. It is always a good idea to speak with a DUI defense attorney to see what defenses are available to you.