Ambien DUID Attorney Defending the Accused in Orange County
Most people know that driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal, but many are surprised to find out that it is also illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence of drugs.
Because the law prohibits driving under the influence of both illegal drugs and prescription drugs, drivers could face criminal charges for being under the influence of Ambien while behind the wheel. This is where our Orange County DUI attorneys can help.
If you have been accused of driving while under the influence of Ambien, contact The Law Offices of Todd Landgren for help right away. Get in touch with us by phone at 949-752-1122 or submit your information via the form on our website to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.
Our Experienced Attorneys Explain How Ambien Can Affect Driving
Ambien is a prescription medication that is used to treat insomnia and other sleeping disorders. Ambien helps users fall asleep. It also makes users feel drowsy.
The dangers of drowsy driving have been documented in various research studies. Being drowsy can affect a driver’s reaction time, awareness of his surroundings, and judgment. Because Ambien is designed to make users feel drowsy, no one should take this medication if they plan on driving.
Some people may start to sleepwalk as a result of taking Ambien, while others may experience vivid hallucinations. These symptoms can become so severe that people may not know where they are or what they are doing while operating a vehicle. If a driver is not fully aware of their surroundings, there is no way for them to safely operate a vehicle.
When Can Drivers Face Ambien Drugged Driving Charges?
A driver can be charged with DUID if he or she has taken Ambien and the effects of the medication are impairing his ability to drive safely. The law states a driver is impaired when he or she is unable to operate a vehicle in the same way that a sober driver would do under similar circumstances.
Therefore, if a driver has taken Ambien, he or she cannot be automatically charged with DUID based on this fact alone. He or she will only face criminal charges if the medication has affected his ability to drive.
Although rare, Ambien can be used for recreational purposes. The law does not only apply to people who are using the drug illegally. Regardless of whether or not you have a valid prescription for Ambien, you could face DUID charges if it impairs your ability to drive.
Drivers typically face misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence of Ambien, however, this crime is classified as a felony in some cases. Drivers can face felony DUID charges if they are repeat offenders or if they injured or killed someone while driving under the influence.
If convicted, defendants can face serious penalties, including jail time, probation, fines, and mandatory enrollment in an alcohol education course. A conviction can also lead to a temporary license suspension.
There are several strategies that can be used to fight charges of driving under the influence of Ambien. In some cases, a DUI defense attorney may be able to argue that the police officer did not have the right to pull you over in the first place.
Police officers need probable cause, or a reason, to pull drivers over. If you were arrested and charged with DUID after being pulled over for no reason, the charges may be dropped.
Most defense strategies focus on proving the driver was not actually impaired even though he or she was under the influence of Ambien. Unlike alcohol, there is no legal limit for Ambien, so the prosecution cannot base their case off of the fact that a driver was above the limit. Instead, they must rely on the results of the blood test and observations made by the arresting officer.
The blood test results will reveal the level of drugs the driver had in their system at the time of the arrest. But, an attorney can argue that the level found in the driver’s blood was not enough to physically or mentally impair him or her.
An attorney can also review the way the blood sample was taken and stored to determine if law enforcement made errors that could have affected the test results.
In addition to reviewing the results of blood tests, an attorney can look for flaws in the police officer’s observations. An attorney can argue that some of the signs of impairment that the police officer observed could also be signs of nervousness or normal fatigue.
From the moment we are hired, our Ambien DUID attorneys will look for opportunities to weaken the prosecution’s case and fight for your freedom. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about a DUI attorney in our office can protect your rights after a drugged or drunk driving arrest.
Have you been accused of driving while under the influence of Ambien? If so, seek legal representation from the criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Todd Landgren. Our skilled Orange County DUI defense attorneys have represented clients accused of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol for decades. We are committed to helping clients reach the best possible outcome in their case.
Some of our many DUI/DUID practice areas include driving under the influence of alcohol, Xanax, marijuana, prescription painkillers, anti-depressants, and other drugs. We currently represent clients facing DUID or DUI charges in Irvine, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, and throughout Orange County.
If you are a new client, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our attorneys. During this consultation, we will make sure that you understand the crimes that you are being accused of committing and discuss your legal options. To schedule a free consultation, call 949-752-1122 or fill out the form on our website today.
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