Don't Deal With a Personal Injury On Your Own

Don't Deal With a Personal Injury On Your Own

Three Steps To Fighting A DUI Caused By Cold Medicine

by Joan Bradley

Getting a DUI can be an embarrassing and difficult event. If you have not been drinking at the time of a DUI, but are reading at a positive due to cold medicine, this is even more difficult to deal with. If you have been taking cold or flu medicine and had to drive, your may read on the breathalyzer test even though you have not been drinking. Here are three steps to fighting a DUI caused by cold or flu medication. 

Insist on being taken to the hospital

the best thing hat you can do to fight a bad DUI breathalyzer reading is to ask to be taken to the hospital. By being escorted to the hospital, you are remaining in compliance with law enforcement, but you will be able to get blood drawn for a blood reading. A reading of your blood alcohol level is likely to be more precise. Even if the police still intend to take you into custody and charge you with DUI, the blood alcohol reading can be used to fight the DUI charge in court. 

Hire a lawyer that night

Once you have your bail situated, you should contact a DUI attorney. You will need a DUI lawyer immediately because you want to be able to relay what occurred during the traffic stop while your memory is still fresh. Once you are released from bail, you can describe which cold medicine you took that night, tell them which hospital you went to, and any other occurrence during the arrest. Your attorney will be able to collect the medical information from the blood test on your behalf and get an incident or arrest report from the evening. With this information, your lawyer can work on getting the charges dismissed. 

Get proof of illness

If you were taking cough and cold medicine due to being ill, you should get proof of being sick. This can be statements from a doctor that you saw before the arrest occurred. The hospital report from the night of your blood test may also include evidence of your illness and symptoms. Proof of missing days from work due to illness may also count as proof during your court case. While you may still get a moving violation or be held liable for reckless driving, you will not face the same charges and legal punishments that a DUI would bring. Plan out how to prove your illness and the best way to present the court case with your attorney in order to have your DUI dismisseed. 


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Don't Deal With a Personal Injury On Your Own

You walk into your favorite grocery store and right away, you slip and fall only to sprain your ankle. You can't perform your job because it requires standing on your feet all day, which means that you can't make any money to support your family while your ankle heals. There was no warning that the floors were wet after being cleaned in the store – so what do you do? It's probably a good idea to think about filing a personal injury lawsuit. Of course, anyone with experience with a personal injury case will tell you just how important it is to work with an attorney throughout the process. I'd like to share insight I've learned through three personal injury cases that I myself have had to go through in the past. I think the information on this website can help people like you, who need some personal injury guidance.