Medical Conditions that Mimic Intoxication
Abnormal behavior that is similar to behavior identified with intoxication can be sign of an underlying medical condition in some cases. In fact, there are numerous conditions that could affect a person’s mental state and ability to speak coherently, including:
- hypoxia from emphysema;
- hyper- or hypothermia;
- brain injuries;
- reactions to medications;
- heart attack; and
Don’t Blame the Officer — Just Prove Your Innocence
Some advocates hope to better educate law enforcement officers about these and other medical conditions so they may better recognize and handle traffic violations and accidents that may be medically related. Some even hope to implement voluntary medical alerts when officers run suspects’ driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations.
In the meantime, if you’ve been wrongly arrested for DUI, it’s important to take the steps necessary to defend your case and prove your innocence to the court. Your attorney can help develop a defense by gathering evidence such as:
- medical records;
- scientific evidence;
- witness reports; and
- medical professionals’ testimonies..
Taking Steps Now to Get the DUI Charges Dropped
The first thing you’ll want to do is locate an attorney that deals specifically with DUI cases. Discuss the best way to proceed with your case. You’ll also want to:
- begin documenting all the details surrounding your case;
- collect your medical records;
- write down witness information;
- educate yourself on all the legal aspects of your case; and
- know your rights.
For counsel in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas, contact a DUI defense attorney at the Law Offices of Robert David Malove if you’ve been pulled over and charged for DUI. An attorney will discuss your case and begin helping you fight the charges. To set up a free consultation, call (954) 861-0384 today.