You had a great time out at the bar, and you thought you were fine to drive home. You had a little allergy to something in your last glass of wine, though, so you took an allergy pill to calm down your symptoms.

On the way home, you suddenly felt very tired. You ran over a rumble strip and corrected your vehicle. You started to slow down and pull over into parking lot, but that’s when a police officer pulled up behind you.

He claimed that someone reported your vehicle driving recklessly. He asked you to take a Breathalyzer test to see if you’d been drinking. It came back at .04%, but with your drowsiness and poor performance on the field sobriety tests, he decided to arrest you and get you off the road.

This situation could happen to almost anyone. Your medication may have played a bigger role in your arrest than you think. Medications for allergies may not have obvious side effects on their own, but some will have more serious side effects when taken with alcohol.

It’s important for you to note what medications you took and when you took them. Your attorney may be able to help you fight the charges against you, especially because you can show that your blood alcohol concentration was low. It’s not always possible to know that you’ll have side effects from a medication. These side effects might have caught you off guard if the medication claimed not to cause drowsiness in most people.

Our website has more on what you can do if you’ve been arrested because of a medication’s interaction with alcohol. You deserve a fighting chance to protect your freedoms.