Sleep disorders and DUI charges

On Behalf of | Feb 11, 2020 | dui/dwi

When it comes to drunk driving charges, every case is unique. In some instances, people are falsely accused of driving drunk, while others struggle with certain conditions and challenges that make these charges especially likely. In this post, we will examine various ways in which sleep disorders interfere with driving and increase someone’s likelihood of a law enforcement official pulling them over for suspected drunk driving. 

For starters, sleep disorders (and even missing sleep for a single night) interfere with driving abilities. Sometimes, fatigue causes a driver to exhibit behavior on the road that resembles drunk driving. Furthermore, some people consume a small amount of alcohol while tired and the alcohol interacts with their fatigue to make it even harder for them to drive properly (even though they are under the legal limit). When stopped, some fear that they will face DUI charges and refuse to take a breath test, which is concerning when one’s blood alcohol content level is far below the legal limit. 

Those who refuse to take a breath test cannot prove that they were sober when a law enforcement official pulled them over and many drowsy drivers fail certain sobriety tests. However, some people who are stopped for drunk driving because they are deprived of sleep are able to prove their innocence, either on the scene or at a later point in court. It is imperative for drivers who are wrongly accused of DUI due to a sleep disorder or any other factor to explore all options and fight these charges correctly. Our DUI page discusses more on drunk driving cases.