The Law Office of David A. Carroll

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Dehydration, medications, heat and other causes of impairment

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2022 | DUI |

You came to Pensacola to party, and that’s just what you did. Unfortunately, partying has gotten you into trouble with the law, and you’ve been accused of driving while impaired.

That accusation is upsetting because you know that you weren’t drinking enough to be a risk to others. You don’t think that the test results were accurate, and you believe that the officer is making allegations that just aren’t true.

You can build a defense against DUI charges

Did you know that you have the opportunity to build a defense if you’ve been accused of a DUI? You have the right to question the way the stop occurred and if the officer had a reason to stop you at all. You also have a right to question the results of a Breathalyzer test and the charges you’re facing because of it.

What could cause you to appear impaired when you’re not?

Florida is hot, so one of the main things that could increase the appearance of impairment when you weren’t drinking or weren’t drinking enough to be dangerously impaired is dehydration. If you’re dehydrated, it’s possible that you could have a higher blood alcohol concentration. It’s also possible that your symptoms of dehydration could mimic those of impairment, leading to a DUI arrest when you really needed to ingest liquids and rehydrate.

Another risk in Florida could be the interaction between drugs, heat and alcohol. While you may be able to drink and take an allergy medication when you’re well hydrated, doing the same when you’re not could lead to more significant symptoms of impairment.

Whether it’s the impact of medications or symptoms from severe dehydration that have led to you facing charges, it’s important for you to defend yourself with the facts. You don’t deserve to face a DUI if you were not impaired or if you were showing signs of impairment that were actually a medical emergency.

What do you need to do if you’re facing charges?

If you’re facing charges for drinking and driving, know that you must act quickly to build your defense. A good defense may help you minimize the risk of imprisonment, the loss of your license and other penalties.