3 DUI defenses women use successfully

As a woman, you may already know that if you drink, your body could absorb alcohol differently than a man. With less weight and different muscle-to-fat ratios, women tend to become drunk quickly in comparison to men. Despite this, most women understand when they've had too much to drink and avoid driving.

A DUI isn't just for drinking, though. Taking medications affects your ability to drive as well. A woman's defense to drunk driving is similar to those men use. You may show you didn't drink before getting in the car, that you have a medical condition that makes you appear drunk or that you didn't know medications you were on would make you dizzy or confused.

Here are three common DUI defenses that may work for women. These defenses may be a good choice for your case, depending on your situation.

1. You had a reaction to your medications

One thing that might affect a woman is the use of medications. Take, for example, a woman who always took allergy medications at a 50mg dosage. She decides to lose weight, going from 140 pounds to 110. Now, that medication still works, but it causes more side effects. She unknowingly takes too much for her body to handle at once without making her drowsy. She gets behind the wheel and crashes.

What's to blame? Inexperience with medications and a changing body make it realistic that the woman may not have understood how her usual medication would affect her in this manner.

2. You thought you were sober

Another problem some women run into is being intoxicated without knowing it. For example, if a woman goes to a party and drinks a beverage that she is told is nonalcoholic, she would likely drive home not thinking that she could be intoxicated. However, if that beverage was spiked with alcohol, she could be stopped and arrested for drunk driving despite never intending to drink.

3. You have a medical condition that makes you appear drunk

Many medical conditions make people appear drunk. For example, a diabetic whose blood sugar drops too low may appear sleepy, act agitated or be unable to follow commands and seem intoxicated. Diabetics with high blood sugars may smell of acetone or alcohol, making it likely for a mistake to be made. Carry a medical card on you if you have a disease or disorder that could cause you to appear intoxicated.

Fortunately, if you're arrested under the impression of drunk driving, you have the right to defend your side of the case. The right evidence helps show you didn't intend to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

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