It is not uncommon for people to be charged with driving under the influence of prescription drugs in Georgia. DUI charges based upon the alleged consumption of prescription drugs have been steadily increasing. However, there remains a great deal of confusion about how blood test results should be interpreted. Most criminal defense attorneys have no idea how to decipher blood test results showing the presence of prescribed medications. This post is intended to provide you with some guidance in using the Winek Chart for determining therapeutic drug levels in DUI drugs cases. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations Division of Forensic Sciences reports drug levels in mg/L (milligrams per liter), but Winek's chart is reported in micrograms per milliliter. You do not need to know much about the measurements, but you do need to know that there is a difference in the unit of measurement. Do not be caught off guard with this difference.
HOW DO YOU CONVERT MILLIGRAMS PER LITER TO MICROGRAMS PER MILLILITER, SO THAT WE CAN DETERMINE WHETHER A CLIENT'S BLOOD LEVELS ARE WITHIN THERAPEUTIC RANGES?
- 1. First, obtain your client's blood test levels from the GBI.
- 2. Review Winek's chart to determine the applicable therapeutic/”normal” blood levels for your client.