Posted 13 August 2011 - 10:14 AM
Illinois DUI - A friend was recently charged with DUI when local police arrested him for hitting a parked car while apparently trying to parallel park on the wrong side of the street. Friend claims last thing he remembers, he was home, went to bed and fell asleep. Several hours later, he apparently got up and got in his car and began to drive. He did not remember waking up and driving. Police took him to the hospital and then to jail. His blood tested positive for small amounts of alcohol, cocaine and Ambien (sorry, I do not know the exact amounts shown from the bloodtest). Friend believes he was in a state of sleep walking-driving induced by the Ambien as he was not drunk or high when he went to bed and had no intention of driving anywhere after he went to bed.
Is the possibility that the Ambien made him do something that was out of his control a defense for getting the DUI dropped? He is 55 years old, has no history of sleepwalking and no prior record with the law.
Are their any attorneys in central Illinois who specialize in Ambien related cases?
Thanks for your advice.