This guy I met at the golf course pulled two Ambien out of a Aspren bottle 5 mins. from the golf course and gave them to me stating that this will make me feel better. I pulled way off the road behind the back nine and parked . As I was standing outside of my car a state trooper pulled up and asked me if I have had anything to drink. I told him no, but I took two Ambien. He didn't breathilize me and gave me a field sobriety test. then detained me after I couldn't walk straight. Can't walk straight anyway. My knee is blown and I have a severed alkalies tendon. I saw the other cop ask the guy I was with "Who was driving." He told the cop I was driving. Therefore, I got a third dui. Been sober for three in a half years now. Never taken Ambien before this either. The jailer gave me my ticket
There are many unanswered questions to your fact statement and only a qualified criminal defense lawyer will be able to assist you. You need to face the facts that this alleged DUI offense is your third DUI charge and, if convicted, you are facing a term of incarceration of not less then 60 days in jail (and up to 365 days) and a fine of not less then $5000 and a three year revocation of driver license. These are very serious consequences.
The fact that you voluntarily and knowingly took a prescribed substance, apparently without doctor's authorization, is disturbing. Ambien has serious side effects that are well-documented and can greatly impair a person's ability to function normally.
Your best course of action is to seek the professional services of a qualified criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible and not wait.
You have many issues in your case that could provide a defense even though you engaged in stupid behavior. You need to talk with a local dui/dwi/owi/drunk driving defense lawyer, now! Ambien is a prescription medication for a reason!
Often people think that because it isn’t a murder case, a drunk (drugged) driving case is simple. Nothing could be further from the truth. These cases can be among the most complex a criminal defense lawyer handles. The government is willing to spend an incredible amount of money to convict you though. They will have expert witnesses available for consultation and trial.
That you have been charged does not mean that you are guilty. It certainly does not mean that you can be proven guilty using competent, valid evidence.
Field sobriety “tests” are designed to give police a reason to arrest. You cannot “pass” them. The police will admit that almost a third of healthy young adults who take these tests without any alcohol will be judged to be “under the influence” – and that assumes they are properly administered!
After even a first drunk driving conviction, you may face employment discrimination. You will certainly be charged higher for insurance. Having such a conviction will also make you a target for drunk driving arrest in future interactions with police. You will automatically become a suspect.
You will want a lawyer who is familiar with field sobriety “tests,” perhaps one who is certified to administer these tests. You will want a lawyer familiar with the weaknesses of the contraptions that are used to report alcohol or drug levels. You want an experienced trial lawyer, used to cross-examining police officers. Police officers are practiced, experienced witnesses.
That is, you want an experienced drunk driving defense lawyer, whether you call the offense DUI, OWI, DWI, OUI, or drugged driving.
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