Bucks County Ambien DUI Defense Lawyers
Many Pennsylvania residents are prescribed the sleep medication Ambien, and/or Lunesta, 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 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 our skilled and experienced Bucks County Pennsylvania Ambien DUI Defense Lawyers.
Ambien And Sleep Driving
Since Ambien and Lunesta are hypnotics, 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. Others may take Ambien as directed, which involves taking it once you are in bed, but may wake up and unknowingly ‘sleep drive’. If you are facing DUI charges in the Langhorne, Doylestown or Trevose, Pennsylvania areas, contact our DUI lawyers right away. They possess a wealth of experience handling all types of driving under the influence charges in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Penalties For Ambien DUI Conviction In Pennsylvania
A Pennsylvania DUI conviction can disrupt your life now and have lasting effects into the future. This is true even if it is a first offense and or a misdemeanor. If convicted, you will face fines, court costs, loss of driving privileges, possible community service and possible jail time.
If you are not legally prescribed Ambien, and you were found with illegally obtained, black market or internet purchased Ambien in the car at the time of the DUI arrest, you will face additional charges. These charges can include drug possession, forged prescription charges and illegally obtained prescription medication. The penalties for these charges may be significantly more severe than the DUI charges and can also involve additional fines, fees, community service, probation and jail time.
Ambien DUI Defense In Pennsylvania
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.
But, 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
No matter what the details of your pending DUI case you need an experienced criminal attorney handling driving under the influence charges.
Call A Doylestown Pennsylvania DUI Defense Attorney
Do not hesitate to contact our team of DUI defense attorneys. We offer free consultations and serve all of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.