DUIs and drug crimes can sometimes occur together. For example, someone who is driving while intoxicated may have mixed Ecstasy with their drink, or someone could have smoked marijuana before taking a shot of alcohol. This is a bad idea, of course, because combining drugs and alcohol can increase the effects.
People who use drugs and alcohol together may be at a higher risk of causing a crash or violating traffic laws, resulting in a stop by the police. Then, in those cases, even if they don’t test over .08% for alcohol, they could face a DUI or DUID for using drugs combined with alcohol as a secondary substance.
What should you do if you’re accused of combining drugs and alcohol when you didn’t?
It is a reality that drinking even a little bit can be enough to impact your driving, but there are medical conditions and other issues that may play a role in your driving issues, too. For example, if you drink alcohol and are diabetic, your blood sugar could drop. You might appear seriously drunk or high, but the reality is that you’re having a medical emergency.
No two cases are going to be the same, but if you did not take drugs or did not know that prescription medications would interact with the low amount of alcohol you drank, you can use that as a defense. Your attorney can take steps to make sure you’re not charged for a situation that you did not have control over or that was a result of unexpected side effects.