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Dehydration and heat exhaustion can mimic intoxication

| Jun 2, 2020 | Uncategorized |

You had a wonderful afternoon at a friend’s barbecue. You had a few drinks while you were there, but they didn’t contain much alcohol. You were out in the sun the whole time, though, and you did feel a little dizzy and unwell. You had a few glasses of water inside and rested. After an hour or so, you decided to head home. 

While you were driving, you started to feel unwell again. You were going to pull over because you weren’t paying very good attention to the road. That’s when you saw lights coming up behind you and knew that an officer was stopping you.

When they approached, you explained that you weren’t feeling well. You said you were feeling dizzy and tired. Since the officer smelled alcohol on your breath, they made you take a Breathalyzer test and field sobriety tests. Though you felt you were just dehydrated and overheated, they decided to take you to the police station for a DUI. 

In a case like this, it’s hard to say if alcohol played a role in your arrest, but it’s still your right to defend yourself. If you’re struggling with heat exhaustion or dehydration, you can become confused and even seem like you’re intoxicated when you’re not. 

It’s important to defend yourself. Your attorney will learn about your case and do what they can to suppress evidence and focus on reducing or eliminating the charges that you face. If a medical issue was what led to you being unwell, then it’s important that the evidence is presented and that the case is seen in a different light by the court.

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