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DUI: Low Blood Sugar Can Mimic the Effects of Intoxication

People who are prone to problems with their blood sugar, such as those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, may be unfairly accused of driving under the influence. Diabetes doesn’t show up on a breathalyzer test, and someone suffering from severe complications caused by hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can exhibit much of the same behavior as an intoxicated person.

Some of the symptoms of hypoglycemia include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Unconsciousness

Unfortunately, a police officer observing these symptoms probably won’t recognize them as signs of a medical emergency. Instead, a person with diabetes – or anyone experiencing hypoglycemia, for that matter – can find themselves unfairly accused of driving under the influence and face criminal charges for it.

What Causes Hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia can occur for various reasons. In people with diabetes who take insulin to manage their disease, injecting too much of this medication can cause their blood sugar to drop to dangerous levels.

Other factors that can contribute to hypoglycemia include the consumption of alcohol (even a small amount), the amount and timing of physical activity, hot weather, and menstruation. The macronutrient composition of a meal also affects blood sugar levels.

Can Anyone Experience Hypoglycemia?

Yes! While problems with blood sugar levels falling too low or going too high (hyperglycemia) are problems people with diabetes must always be aware of, people without this disease can experience them as well.

As a result, it may be more complicated to prove that someone without diabetes was experiencing an episode of hypoglycemia when they were arrested for DUI. In this situation, it’s especially important to seek experienced legal counsel who can help you defend against DUI charges.

Is Diabetes a Defense Against DUI Charges?

It can be if there’s sufficient evidence that someone was suffering from the effects of low blood sugar, not intoxication from alcohol or drugs. A blood test and medical records may be required to defend against DUI charges if you have diabetes and were unfairly arrested.

Protect Your Freedom with Experienced Legal Assistance

The Law Office of Steven Fine can help you defend against unfair DUI charges in any situation, especially if there is an alternative explanation such as low blood sugar and diabetes.

Millions of Americans live with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, making it an extremely common disease. Even so, the effects of low blood sugar aren’t often understood or recognized by the public or even law enforcement. If you were arrested due to a misunderstanding of your medical condition, reach out to the Law Office of Steven Fine today.

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