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Caffeine DUI charges dropped in California

A man in California won't be charged with a DUI for having too much caffeine in his system after all. Recent reports indicate that the charges against him have been dropped.

The man, who is 36-years-old, had been pulled over by an officer who said he was driving erratically. He was simply on his way home from work for the day, but she said he had dilated pupils, causing him to fail a field sobriety test. That, in conjunction with the way he was driving, made the agent think he was on drugs.

The police then asked the man if they could carry out a blood test, and he said they could. None of the drugs that officers typically look for -- like alcohol -- showed up on the test. The only thing the test found was caffeine.

Though that sounds like an open and shut case, the officials initially decided they were still going to charge the man, based on what the officer had observed during the traffic stop. However, they have now backed off on those charges, noting that not having any positive drug test results meant that "the case did present some challenges."

It is worth noting that the prosecutor for the case said they weren't charging him based on the caffeine alone. They simply thought he had been using another drug, one that the tests don't screen for. Even so, with no way to prove he'd had anything but caffeine, they could not proceed.

This case is a bit strange, but it does a good job of showing how a DUI arrest can come from more than just alcohol. If you've been charged with a DUI for any reason, you need to know your legal rights and defense options, especially in cases where evidence is so thin.

Source: Daily Coffee News, "Prosecutors Drop Ridiculous Caffeine DUI Charge in California," Nick Brown, Jan. 02, 2017

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