In some instances, a state of intoxication can be something that was not planned, was not intended, or may actually be the result of nefarious activity perpetrated by a bad actor. Common examples include having an altered state brought on by cough syrup or cold medication, or even blacking out entirely as the result of someone drugging your food or drink. In instances such as these, the state of intoxication was neither desired nor intended on the part of the intoxicated person, and in nearly all cases.
In this blog, we will discuss how intoxication of this nature can actually be used as a DUI defense in some cases under Arizona Revised Statute #28-1381, and how an intoxication defense may be exactly what some people who have been charged with a DUI need in court. The good news is that an intoxication defense can be used much more frequently than you might imagine, and can help to dramatically reduce your DUI charges — or even get DUI charges dropped entirely.
Voluntary Versus Involuntary Intoxication: The Difference in Court When Fighting Your Case with an Arizona DUI Attorney
Involuntary intoxication occurs when someone is drugged or given alcohol without consent. This can include beverages that contain alcohol, a “date rape drug” such as flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) or ketamine, legal prescription medications, especially benzodiazepines such as Xanax (alprazolam) or Klonpin (clonazepam). An involuntary intoxication defense can be used in instances where alcohol or drugs like those listed above have been given to you without your knowledge or consent, and you then drove or operated heavy machinery without knowing you had consumed intoxicants.
prescription drug DUI charges you face as an intoxicated motorist if there is evidence that any amount of drugs or alcohol were given to you without your knowledge or consent. Involuntary intoxication can be used by an Arizona DUI attorney to help lessen the degree of the