Ambien DUI Defense
Bucks County Ambien DUI Defense Lawyers
Many Pennsylvania residents are prescribed the sleep medications Ambien and/or Lunesta for sleep disorders. When used as directed, these medications can improve the quality of life those who battle insomnia and other sleep disorders. However, if Ambien is not used as directed or is used in conjunction with other drugs and/or alcohol, the outcome can be disastrous. Ambien has the ability to induce something similar to a blackout state. It is a sedative-hypnotic and may cause sleepwalking and in some cases even sleep driving, both of which have the potential to end in an Ambien-induced DUI. If you have been charged with driving while under the influence of Ambien in Pennsylvania, contact Saile & Saile, LLP for the best legal defense possible. Our skilled and experienced Bucks County Pennsylvania Ambien DUI defense lawyers can help protect your rights.
Ambien And Sleep Driving
Penalties for Ambien DUI Conviction in Pennsylvania
A Pennsylvania DUI conviction can disrupt your life now and have lasting effects into the future. First offenses and misdemeanors are no exception. If convicted of DUI or drug-related DUI offenses, you will face fines, court costs, loss of driving privileges, possible community service and possible jail time.
It is important to note that if have illegally obtained Ambien in your possession, in the car at the time of your DUI arrest, you will certainly face additional charges. These charges may include drug possession, forged prescription charges and illegally obtained prescription medication. The penalties for these charges may be significantly more severe than basic DUI charges and you most likely could incur 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 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. However, 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 alcohol
Taking more than the recommended dosage
Taking the drug while driving home prior to going to bed
Determined criminal defense attorney Caterina Saile, Esq. has the experience necessary to strategize and aggressively defend your rights no matter what the details of your pending DUI case are.
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