Ambien DUI

Orange County California Ambien DUI Defense Lawyer

Many adults take the sleeping medications Ambien and or Lunesta for sleep disorders. When used as prescribed it can benefit 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 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 California you should speak with a skilled and experienced Ambien DUI Defense Lawyer.

Contact Orange County Ambien DUI Defense Lawyer David E. Swanson to discuss your case. His Newport Beach, California Criminal Defense Law Office can be reached at 949-477-3030.  Mr. Swanson has many years experience defending those accused of DUI, illegal prescription drug possession and other drug crimes in Orange County, California. As your attorney Mr. Swanson will do everything in his power to protect your rights, your future and your driving privileges.

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”.  This has become a significant problem in California.  Many innocent people who are taking their Ambien as prescribed have ended up being unfairly charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs.  This is even after the patient is taking the Ambien as prescribed and with no prior notice of the side effects of Ambien.  Those side effects consist of the patient walking, eating, drinking—sometimes alcohol without even knowing it, and ultimately DRIVING!.

Your Defense to Driving Under the Influence of Ambien

If you are taking your prescription in a medically approved manner and as a result you are arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, you may be Not Guilty of Driving Under the Influence of Ambien because you did nothing to knowingly and voluntarily driving under the influence of Ambien.  If you take a prescription medication that adversely effects your ability to drive with the same care as a sober person, but you were unaware that the Ambien would adversely effect your ability to drive, or the Ambien caused you to “Sleep Drive” and you have no knowledge of that possible side-effect, then you may have a defense to a charge of Driving Under the Influence of Ambien.

Penalties for Ambien DUI Conviction in California

A California DUI 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 Ambien in the vehicle 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 Defense in Newport Beach California

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 California Lunesta DUI.

On the contrary, 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 an Irvine California Ambien DUI Defense Lawyer

Do not hesitate to contact Irvine California DWI Defense Attorney David E. Swanson to discuss your case. His Orange County, California DUI Defense Law Office can be reached at 949-477-3030. You can also email Huntington Beach California Ambien DUI Defense Attorney David E. Swanson. Mr. Swanson has many years experience defending those accused of drugged driving, illegal prescription drug possession and other drug crimes in Orange County, California..