Ambien DUI Attorneys PA & NJ
Many people are prescribed the sleep medication Ambien for sleep disorders. When used as directed it can help those who battle insomnia and other sleep disorders. If Ambien is not used as directed, is used in conjunction with other drugs and or alcohol, it can end disastrously for you. Ambien, and the sleeping medication Lunesta, can induce something similar to a blackout. It is a sedative-hypnotic and can cause users to sleep walk and, in some cases, sleep drive which can end in an Ambien induced DUI. If you have been charged with driving while under the influence of Ambien in Pennsylvania, you should speak with a skilled and experienced Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ambien DUI Defense Lawyer.
Contact our Pennsylvania Ambien DUI Defense Attorneys to discuss your Ambien DUI case. They have many years experience defending those accused of DUI, illegal prescription drug possession and other drug crimes in NJ & PA. Our Cherry Hill, NJ Ambien DWI defense attorneys will do their best to protect your rights, your future and your reputation.
Ambien and Sleep Driving
With Ambien being a hypnotic you may not recall the events that follow after you ingest it. Some people take Ambien and attempt to stay awake to feel the short lived buzz that precedes the blackout. Other people may take Ambien as directed, which involves taking it once you are in bed, and may wake up and unknowingly ‘sleep drive’.
Penalties For Ambien DUI Conviction
A Pennsylvania DUI, or NJ DWI, conviction can disrupt your life now and in the future. This is true even if it is a first offense. Once convicted, you will face possible jail time, possible probation, possible house arrest, community service, fines and court costs.
If you were found with illegally obtained, black market or internet purchased oxycodone in the car at the time of the DUI arrest you will face additional charges related to the drugs such as drug possession and illegally obtained prescription medications. The penalties for these charges can be significantly more severe than the DUI charges and can involve fines, fees, community service and jail time.
Ambien DUI Defenses
The FDA maintains that due to Ambien’s effect any sleepwalking, sleep driving or any other acts due to ingesting Ambien may be considered involuntary acts. Involuntary acts due to a medication’s effects may serve as a defense in a Pennsylvania DUI.
On the flip side, if it can be proved that other factors contributed to the DUI then the involuntary act defense may be nullified. Examples of these acts can be:
Mixing Ambien with other drugs
Mixing Ambien with alcohol
Taking more than the recommended dosage
Taking the drug while driving home prior to going to bed
Call A Pennsylvania Ambien DUI Defense Attorney
Do not hesitate to call our Lunesta DUI defense attorneys for a free case review. They have many years experience defending those accused of drugged driving, illegal prescription drug possession and other drug crimes in Pennsylvania & New Jersey.