When people are charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the allegations can lead to a great deal of uncertainty and hardship in their lives. Regrettably, many people have found themselves in this position even though they were completely sober when they were pulled over. For example, someone who has sustained a serious brain injury may fail a field sobriety test, and they may inform a law enforcement official of their brain injury as well as medication they take but the officer may neglect to include critical details in their report, instead claiming that the driver was intoxicated.
Some people who have suffered serious or repetitive brain injuries may struggle with field sobriety tests, and they may also drive slow in order to stay safe behind the wheel. This could attract the attention of law enforcement officials, who may think that they are under the influence of an intoxicating substance after pulling the driver over. Moreover, many people become extremely nervous and struggle to explain themselves when they find themselves in such a stressful situation, and for someone with a brain injury, this can make it even harder to pass a field sobriety test.
This is just one example of why a driver may face charges for driving while under the influence even though they were sober while they were behind the wheel. Sadly, even false allegations of intoxicated driving can lead to a host of problems in a driver’s life, and those who do not defend themselves properly may face major consequences that completely destroy their lives.