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South Jersey Court rejects ‘sleep driving’ defense, convicts nun of DUI

Posted by Matt Rooney | Apr 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

New Jersey's strict DWI laws can impact everyone. For proof, look no further than the case of Philadelphia-based Catholic nun, Sister Kimberly Miller of Little Flower Catholic School, who was convicted on Wednesday morning in Washington Township Municipal Court of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in that community. The details of this case are attention-grabbing. According to published reports, the religious sister argued that she had taken a sedative (Ambien) and drank a glass of altar wine before heading to bed and didn't recall subsequently crashing into a South Jersey building back in November 2015.

A rise in the use of prescription drugs – and sleep aids in particular – have given rise to more of these cases. The defense is known as the “DWI Ambien Defense” or “DUI Sleep Driving Defense.” In this case, however, the Court refused to recognize the ‘Ambien Defense' and ultimately suspended her license for 90 days a levied a fine of $257 in addition to fees and court costs after finding her guilty. Sleep driving remains controversial in large part because sleep driving is still a relatively rare occurrence and, according to some experts, is only likely to occur when the defendant ingested a higher-than-recommended dose of Ambien (and/or in conjunction with alcohol). Are you facing DWI charges in New Jersey? Given the stakes, you need a team of experienced municipal court defense attorneys to immediately go to work looking for holes in the state's case. If you or a loved one needs strong representation in a New Jersey municipal court, do not hesitate to contact the municipal court defense lawyers at DeMichele & DeMichele today. We are here to defend the charges against you. Contact us now for your confidential and free initial consultation. You can also reach us by telephone (856) 546-1350.  Don't just plead guilty and risk your driving privilege or driving record! ____ The outcome of every DWI case is very fact specific. Your particular case results will vary depending on a wide range of legal issues and other factors. The facts of your case may not apply to or relate to the results of the case described above. ____

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Matt Rooney

Practice Areas: Family Law (including Divorce, Alimony, Child Support, and Domestic Violence); Municipal Court; Personal Injury; Residential Real Estate; Civil Litigation; Collections.


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