There is some debate about the criminalization of those who choose to put substances in their body. However, there is little disagreement that it is immoral to intoxicate someone without their consent.
Drink spiking has become increasingly common in recent years, particularly on college and university campuses. This practice is dangerous for a number of reasons, and it is also unlawful. There is also a potential for you to be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if you have unknowingly taken substances and gotten behind the wheel.
Will law enforcement believe you?
You’ve taken the responsible decision to be a designated driver for the night and help ensure that everyone gets home safely. Unbeknown to you, someone spiked your soft drink at the party. The police have pulled you over for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), and further tests indicate that there were substances in your bloodstream.
Whether these substances were illicit drugs or strong alcohol, you are likely to be charged with DUI. There are few excuses that police officers will not have heard before, and you may have a hard time convincing them on your own that your drink was spiked.
Having a defense strategy
It may seem unfair to face prosecution for being intoxicated without your knowledge, but it is possible. However, just because you have been charged with an offense, this does not automatically mean that you are guilty.
With experienced legal guidance behind you, you can determine the best defense strategy. This may include gathering witness statements from the scene, further analysis of chemical tests and other forms of evidence. Don’t try to deal with the justice system in a case like this on your own.