Diabetes and DUI

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 01, 2011 | 0 Comments

North Georgia DUI lawyer Richard Lawson handles a great many DUI cases in Union County.  A startling thing he has noticed is that many diabetics are charged with DUI when they have not had a drop of alcohol!  This is because symptoms of diabetes often mimic signs that the officers are trained to look for in the detection of DUI.  For example, a common field sobriety test, the HGN or horizontal gaze nystagmus, requires the officer to look for jerking movements in the drivers eyes.  Diabetes will make it likely that the driver will fail this test. 

Then there is the bigger problem of the breathalyzer.  A diabetic's breath may very well contain the acetone that the breathalyzer's infrared beams incorrectly label as alcohol. So the breathalyzer can yield a result of over .08 when there is actually little or no alcohol in the body.  This is not accurate and a DUI charge is unjust. 

If you are diabetic and have been charged with driving under the influence in Union County or throughout the North Georgia area, call thorough and experienced DUI attorney Richard S. Lawson for a free consultation.  These cases can be fought and won.  Protect your rights and your Georgia drivers license.

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Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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