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Drunk Driving Defense: Sleep Deprivation

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Drunk Driving Defense: Sleep Deprivation

drunk driving defenseDrunk Driving Defense or Sleep Deprivation?

Imagine that you come across a person who acts confused, their appearance is disheveled, their eyes are bloodshot and they have an odor of alcohol on their breath.  Are they drunk?

What I just described is a person who worked for 17 straight hours at a physically and mentally taxing job.  Instead of going home, he stopped by a co-worker’s party, had one beer and then proceeded home.  He was stopped a police officer and arrested for drunk driving.

A chronic sleep-restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain  It adversely affects the brain and cognitive function.  A 2000 study, by the UCSD School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in San Diego, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology to monitor activity in the brains of sleep-deprived subjects performing simple verbal learning tasks.  The study showed that regions of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, an area that supports mental faculties such as working memory and logical and practical (“means-ends”) reasoning, displayed more activity in sleepier subjects. Researchers interpreted this result as indicating that the brain of the average sleep-deprived subject had to work harder than that of the average non-sleep-deprived subject to accomplish a given task, and from this indication they inferred the conclusion the brains of sleep-deprived subjects were attempting to compensate for adverse effects caused by sleep deprivation.  This can easily be mistaken for impaired/drunk driving. 

Attorneys will tell you that more innocent people are charged with drunk driving than any other charge.  Why? Because all that is required to sustain the charge is an officer’s opinion that you are impaired.  Sometimes the results are tragic. John Abbott, 45, says he was tossed in a Houston jail after cops spotted him sleeping in his truck outside a hotel in November 2012, according to a lawsuit filed this week. But once he was in the clink, a pack of jail workers allegedly pummeled him and stole his $160.Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/texas-man-beaten-robbed-authorities-city-jail-lawsuit-article-1.1743133#ixzz2zTqBAKcs

If you find yourself charged with a DUI (now called OVI), please call me.

Drunk Driving Defense attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio during prom season and beyond.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

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Charles Rowland

charlie@daytondui.com

Charles M. Rowland II has been representing the accused drunk driver for over 20 years. Contact him at (937) 318-1384 if you find yourself facing a DUI (now called OVI) charge.

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