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The Ambien Defense: Sleepwalker or Fast Talker

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

sleepwalkingDo you sleep well at night?  Or do you spend your slumber time tossing and turning, continuously flipping your pillow to the cool side?  While you feel helpless and alone, it might be comforting for you to know that you are not alone.  For a lot of people, sleep is not only a precious commodity but one that is difficult for them to attain easily…and not for lack of effort.  Stress about work, family, the future, all contribute to sleepless, restless nights.   That is almost 44 Million Americans turn to sleep aids like Ambien for assistance.  But be careful what you wish for…sometimes sleep isn’t what it is all cracked up to be, especially not with Ambien.  Let us explain.

What would you do if you went to bed one night after taking a sleeping pill (an Ambien for example), only to wake up and find yourself shackled to a chair in a police station?  To say that you would freak out would be a huge understatement.   Well, that is what happened to a Santa Clara, California, man, or at least what he claimed happened to him when he was caught sleep-driving (a rare but recognized side effect of Ambien).  This so called “Ambien Defense” actually got this man a “not guilty” verdict from a jury for a non-injury crash that he instigated along with a resisting arrest charge.  While the jury found him not guilty, the man will still need to face a parole board due to the fact that he was on parole for bank robbing, when the incident took place.  The parole board will review the case and determine whether the man violated his parole knowingly.  

According to the article, the "Ambien Defense" is one of the fastest growing defenses in the country and is popping up all over the place.  People take a pill, go to bed, and wake up someplace strange having done something they can’t remember.  The question becomes, if you commit a crime while you are unaware of it (in other words, you are asleep or unconscious) are you guilty?  What do you think? Read the original article below.

Original article: Man acquitted after 'Ambien defense' now faces parole board