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Mental problems and drunk driving charges

| Nov 18, 2020 | dui/dwi

If you are facing drunk driving charges, you likely have a number of serious issues to confront, such as reviewing your legal options and bracing for the impact of these allegations. According to the Motor Vehicle Administration, Maryland drivers charged with DUI could spend months or years behind bars and face significant financial penalties. However, if you have a long-term mental illness or are struggling with serious mental problems (such as depression), these charges are likely even harder for you to confront.

Aside from the unique challenges that many people face while simultaneously dealing with mental problems and a DUI, some people struggling with mental hardships are actually more likely to find themselves in this position.

How can mental challenges increase the likelihood of DUI charges?

From post-traumatic stress disorder to severe depression, crippling anxiety, dementia and depersonalization, there are many different mental challenges that people face. These hardships can cloud one’s judgment and increase the likelihood of irrational decisions or mistakes, such as getting behind the wheel after drinking too much. Sometimes, people battling serious mental difficulties turn to alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate, or they take another intoxicating substance, resulting in charges when they are stopped by a law enforcement official.  Oftentimes medicines prescribed by a doctor can enhance or exacerbate the effect of a small amount of alcohol.  This means that a person may not actually be under the influence of alcohol but could be experiencing symptoms that mimic being drunk.

How can you deal with a DUI case while battling mental hardships?

Although mental challenges are often very debilitating, it is crucial to thoroughly review your DUI case and do what you can to safeguard your future. Make sure you spend enough time looking into your legal rights and having your case evaluated by a competent DUI attorney.