Elkton Ambien DUI Defense Lawyers

Many adults have trouble sleeping and are prescribed the sleep medication Ambien and or Lunesta for sleep disorders. When taken as directed they can serve as a very effective sleep aids for those suffering from insomnia and other sleep disorders. If Ambien, or Lunesta, is not used as directed, is used in conjunction with other narcotics and or alcohol, it can end disastrously for you. Ambien and Lunesta can induce something similar to a blackout. They are sedatives-hypnotics and can cause users to sleep walk, sleep eat and, in some cases, sleep drive. Sleep driving is particularly bad as it can end in an Ambien induced DUI. If you have been charged with driving while under the influence of Ambien or Lunesta in Maryland you should speak with a skilled and experienced Bel Air Maryland Ambien DUI Defense Lawyer immediately.

Please call Cecil and Harford County DWI Defense Attorneys to discuss your case. His Elkton, Maryland DUI Defense Law Office can be reached at (410) 398-0313. In Bel Air dial (410) 838-0100. You can also contact our Maryland DUI defense lawyers by clicking here. They have many years experience defending those accused of DUI, illegal prescription drug possession and other drug crimes in Cecil County County, Maryland and Harford County, Maryland. As your attorney they will do their best to protect your rights, your future and your reputation.

Ambien, Lunesta 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 (or Lunesta) as directed, which involves taking it once you are in bed, and may wake up and unknowingly ‘sleep drive’.

Maryland First Offense Ambien DUI Penalties 

A Maryland DUI conviction can disrupt your life now and in the future. This is true even if it is a first offense. If convicted you will face:

Up to 12 months in jail

Up to $1,000.00 in fines
45 day license suspension with possible restricted driving privileges

12 points assessed to your driving record

Mandatory SR-22 filing with MVA

If 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 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 Maryland

The Food and Drug Administration 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 Maryland DUI.

By contrast, if it can be determined that other factors contributed to the DUI then the involuntary act defense may be nullified. Examples of these acts can be:

Combining Ambien/Lunesta with other drugs

Mixing Ambien/Lunesta with alcohol

Exceeding the recommended dosage

Taking the drug while driving home prior to going to bed

Call A Bel Air Maryland Ambien DUI Defense Attorney For A Free Consultation

A DUI is a very serious charge that can result in fines, court costs, loss of license and possibly jail time. Do not wait to call our Bel Air Maryland DWI Defense Attorneys to discuss how to protect your rights by dialing 410-398-0313. In Harford County please dial (410) 838-0100. You can also click here to email the MD DUI attorneys at Downs, Beste & Blackson, LLC. Mr. Downs has many years experience defending those accused of traffic violations, drugged driving, illegal prescription drug possession and other drug crimes in the Cecil County and Harford County, Maryland.