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Have a medical condition? Avoid a false DUI charge

As someone who has lived with a medical condition for a long time, you know that there are instances where you could appear drunk or disorderly but are really having a medical emergency. It's important that other people can recognize that you need medical help and that you aren't just intoxicated.

How can you make sure that someone can identify your medical condition? There are several steps you can take. Even if a mistake is made and you are given a DUI, it's possible to correct that charge and have it dismissed with information from the hospital.

What kinds of conditions make you appear drunk?

There are several conditions that may make you appear drunk including Type I and II diabetes, ataxia and brain injuries. Of course, there are many others as well. When you have a condition like one of these listed above, it's vital that you carry an emergency medical card in your wallet or purse.

What should you do to alert others to your condition?

Carrying a medical emergency card is a good idea. It should include information such as the name of the disorder you suffer from, any medications you take, your name, your blood type and an emergency contact. Many people who suffer from life-threatening medical conditions or those that cause dissociation, hallucinations or odd behaviors also wear a medical alert bracelet.

What should you do to avoid getting a DUI?

While it's not always possible to avoid having symptoms of your condition, it's a good idea to take a moment to consider how you feel before you drive. If your blood sugar is low, for instance, try to eat something before you get behind the wheel. If you feel dizzy, consider having someone else drive you that day.

Medical conditions often mimic drunken behaviors and symptoms, but you can fight a charge. Your condition shouldn't result in a DUI.

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