Kerry Kennedy Arrested for DUI, Claims she had Seizure

Kerry Kennedy Arrested for DUI, Claims she had SeizureOn Friday July 13th, Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Kennedy side swiped a tractor trailer on a highway north of New York City. The driver of that truck reported that Kennedy appeared to be sleeping at the wheel or intoxicated and that she nearly hit five other cars before exiting the highway. Kennedy was later found slumped over the wheel of her car at the side of the road.

Kennedy initially told law enforcement that she may have mistakenly taken Ambien instead of her thyroid medication and that may have resulted in her dangerous driving. Ambien is known for causing people to drive in their sleep and do other activities without them remembering what they did. In her statement to the press, Kennedy said that she remembered getting on the highway but then she had no memory until she was roused by police.

Kennedy pled not guilty to the DUI charge at her arraignment. She said she was examined by her doctors and they concluded that her erratic driving was caused by a complex partial seizure, which is the result of a previous brain injury. She also said that medical tests revealed no alcohol or drugs in her system. The results of Kennedy’s toxicology test performed by law enforcement are not back yet.

If this incident occurred in Arizona and Kennedy was convicted of DUI due to Ambien, she would face mandatory jail time, at least $2,000 in fines, a revoked driver’s license, drug and alcohol treatment, and be required to install an ignition interlock device on her vehicle.  The Arizona Ambien DUI law is found in Arizona Revised Statutes § 28-1381.

If Kennedy’s erratic driving was caused by a seizure, she could lose her license until she has been seizure-free for one year in New York. Arizona law requires you to be seizure-free for three months before the Department of Motor Vehicles will restore your driving privileges.

If you are arrested for DUI, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible to serve as your advocate. If you have been arrested for DUI, please contact an attorney for DUI at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.

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