There’s never going to be a time when it’s acceptable to drive while impaired, but there are certainly cases where people have been impaired without knowing it. In those instances, it’s worth showing that you were taken by surprise by your intoxication or impairment.
For example, if you have undiagnosed diabetes or you have a seizure disorder that hasn’t impacted you in years, you would certainly be caught by surprise if you had a sudden seizure or blood sugar drop. You may not know what’s happening to you, and the symptoms could mimic intoxication. If you had anything to drink, then the alcohol’s effects could also be intensified.
What should you do if you believe that a medical condition resulted in a DWI?
When you talk to your attorney, it’s a good idea to explain your current medical conditions and the fact that you believe that your medical condition led to you appearing inebriated. Your attorney will look at other information as well, such as your blood alcohol content, if it was taken, and the results of any field sobriety testing. If you did go to the hospital and receive treatment for your medical condition, this information can also help defend you against an unfair accusation of a DWI.
While it is your responsibility to drive safely at all times, not all medical conditions are apparent until an emergency happens. If you’re accused of a DWI, you deserve an opportunity to show that you were not intoxicated like the officer claimed. You can show that you are a safe driver and that this was a medical emergency.