Diabetes can lead to an unfair charge of DUI in 2 ways. First, diabetes can affect an officer's impression of a person's sobriety; low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia) can result in symptoms that an officer might mistake for signs of intoxication. Second, in rare cases, chemicals on the breath of a diabetic person may cause an inaccurately high breath test reading.
Some of the diabetic symptoms that mimic alcohol intoxication include:
Not only does this condition create observable symptoms that an officer might mistake as indications of alcohol use, it also creates chemicals in the body that a breath test device might mistake for alcohol.
Breath test machines have some safeguards designed to prevent false positives, but the compounds created by ketoacidosis may not be identifiable to a breath test machine as a non-alcoholic substance. As a result, a diabetic could be both arrested and convicted of DUI based on effects of the disease rather than on actual alcohol consumption. We have not only helped people with diabetes by employing this defense; we have also helped people who had no idea they were suffering from diabetes to get the medical help they needed. If you are a diabetic and you believe the disease may have skewed your interaction with law enforcement officers and/or your breath test results, you should connect with our defense attorneys immediately.
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