Diabetes and Suspected DUI

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

It has been found that diabetes and hypoglycemia can be related to accidents and errors on the road today.  Even more common, are unjustified DUIarrests concerning patterns normally associated with a drunk driver.

In a healthy individual, blood glucose (blood sugar) will be from 70 to 120 mg/dl. When blood glucose rises above 120 mg/dl and there is no insulin present, diabetes occurs. Insulin is a hormone controlled by your pancreas that is required to digest and keep a blood sugar balance. If blood glucose decreases to 60 mg/dl or lower, hypoglycemia will occur.

The reason this is all very important is because the symptoms caused by diabetes or hypoglycemia can all too easily be confused with an someone that is intoxicated.  While these symptoms are typically seen in a diabetic or hypoglycemic, they can also be seen in a non-diabetic individual. If a person is on a low-carbohydrate diet or has not eaten in the past 24 hours, they can experience the same traits, such as slurred speech, confusion, seizures, delayed reflexes, loss of consciousness, and light-headedness.  Contact the Law Offices of Richard S Lawson if you are a diabetic that has been wrongly accused of DUI. 

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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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