You’ll Never Guess Why This Man’s DUI Charges Were Dropped
A California man and his attorney successfully fought charges for driving under the influence (DUI) because he tested positive only for caffeine. We’ll talk about it in this issue.
Why was the man pulled over and arrested?
In August 2015, the man was pulled over by an agent with the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control. The agent says she observed the man “weaving in and out of traffic, almost causing several collisions.” While conducting numerous field sobriety tests on the man, the agent found his pupils to be dilated. Inside his car, the agent found a number of legal workout supplements – all of them legal. “The driver seemed very amped up, agitated and combative, and the agent thought he was under the influence of something,” said the district attorney.
What did the blood test reveal?
After the man was arrested for DUI and taken to jail, he agreed to a blood test. Results from the test were negative for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, meth, oxycodone and a host of other drugs. The one positive hit from the blood test was for caffeine – technically a drug but often overlooked since it’s usually not associated with impaired driving. “I was 100% confident that I was not under the influence of anything,” the man said.
What happened to the charges?
More than 16 months after the man was charged, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office decided to drop the DUI charges. “After further consideration, without a confirmatory test of the specific drug in the defendant’s system that impaired his ability to drive, we do not believe we can prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt,” said District Attorney Krishna Abrams. The man, however, is still being charged with reckless driving, a misdemeanor.
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The man in the case above did the wise thing in partnering with a lawyer to fight his DUI charges. For the best chances of having your charges reduced or dismissed altogether, call The Oswalt Law Group. Our number is (602) 225-2222 and the first consultation is always free.