Can the side-effects of a prescribed medication, or even one that is illegally taken, be a factor in sentencing, or even in determining criminal liability? The answer is yes, but it varies with the crime and the mental state required to commit the crime. It also matters with the quantity taken and if this amount was in compliance with the prescription. Most importantly, did the medication prevent the defendant from understanding the nature and consequence of what he or she was doing? These can be tough questions to answer. To read more about this common issue, click on the following link.