A few months ago, my client had a bad reaction to a prescribed medication called amitriptyline. As a result, he was not in his right mind. If you have ever had this experience, then you know how scarey it can be. His family sought medical help for him through paramedics. This resulted in police coming and "investigating." The police arrested him for hitting his significant other while the other was trying to calm him down physically. Through proper investigation and seeking the help of a toxicologist, we were able to prove that my client was not responsible for his actions because of the bad reaction. This is known as involuntary intoxication and it is a complete defense to any criminal act. Involuntary intoxication can happen if someone slips you a "mickey" or drugs you without your knowledge. It can also happen if you take a prescribed medication as indicated, but it does not react as expected. Happily, my client is no longer facing charges and can live his life without the interruption of the government.
Domestic Violence case dismissed due to Involuntary Intoxication
Post by: Jason Savela Published: Apr 17, 2015