DUI on Ambien Attorneys in Flagstaff
In Arizona, you are probably accused of 28-1381(a)1 or (a)3. This popular sleeping drug has unusual side effects for some. I have had several cases where my clients have one drink with dinner, take an Ambien (Zolpidem) a few hours later, and get into bed thinking they will fall asleep. Unfortunately, they are woken up by a police officer or emergency personnel after crashing their car in a place they do not even recognize. They have no recollection of getting into their vehicle, let alone driving it aimlessly until a crash occurs. These cases present an interesting legal challenge in Arizona, because voluntary ingestion of a substance is not a defense to prosecution. However, it can be argued that someone under these circumstances should not be criminally liable for anything, because they do not have the necessary culpable mental state (mens rea).
Arizona Ambien DUI Penalties
Arizona laws take a tough stance on DUI offenders, regardless of the substance which intoxicated the driver. The penalties for being convicted of DUI include: fees, jail time, and license suspensions. In more serious cases, sentencing can include time in prison. Our law firm has handled hundreds of DUI cases and thanks to our experience, we’ve amassed a record of consistently achieving beneficial results for clients, such as reductions to reckless driving, prevention of license suspension, and complete dismissals.
CONSEQUENCES OF AMBIEN DUI CHARGE:
Penalties in a misdemeanor DUI on Ambien in Arizona can be $1,600, 10 days in jail, and several consequences on your license. That is why it is important to have legal counsel to present these arguments to the prosecutor in negotiations or to a jury at a trial.
How Ambien Can Put You Under the Influence
Ambien, also known by its generic name, Zolpidem, acts as a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. When you take Ambien, your brain activity slows down, allowing insomnia sufferers to get some much needed sleep. However, drugs that act as CNS depressants can have some serious side effects in regard to your memory and motor function. When brain activity is slowed down due to a CNS depressant, the parts of your brain responsible for memory, motor skills, and decision-making are slowed down too. Read more…