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My Question is when you get Arrested for a DWI they make you blow. If he would have been on just sleep meds he would have blow zeros across the board. If he goes to court I bet he can get this dropped.

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Maybe not. DWI can mean Driving While Impaired. It doesn't matter if impaired by alcohol or sleeping pills. Depends on the state I believe. Thankfully, this is an area I have no first hand experience in.

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85, OP could've refused to take the test, which will automatically get you arrested, or he could've passed the test but gotten arrested anyway for "suspicious behavior." It sucks, but in places that are cracking down on drunk driving, the cops don't fuck around. All OP cab do is hire a good lawyer.

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Too many negative votes, comment buried. Show the comment

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Sorry I'm replying to #1, but I think the OP should see this. You should definitely talk to your doctor and see if you can find sleep meds that don't make you sleepwalk (or drive, in your case), but if you can't find any, you can try going to sleep in a sleeping bag zipped all the way up with mittens on (so that you can't open the sleeping bag.)

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For some medicine like ambien this is actually not unheard of. People sleep drive and even can end up committing crimes and waking up the next morning in jail with no memory of it.

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It's a rare side effect, the common one is just basic sleep walking around your house, possibly having a conversation with someone and even making a snack while doing so. It's not so common for someone to actually go sleep driving though.

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Sleep walking is the bigger problem, records of sleep driving or even leaving the house are pretty rare and it usually occurs in patients who would sleep walk prior to the medication, which will then make your issue worse.

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49 - if he's on prescription medication it's because he's truly an insomniac, all the tricks or natural substances to help someone fall asleep who just has a hard time on occasion, don't work on people with insomnia. I've tried every type of herbal relaxation tea they make, Tylenol pm, unisom, melatonin, hypnotherapy tapes, etc... None of it works. He definitely needs to change prescriptions, but the home remedies, natural supplements, and over the counter medication don't cut it for everyone.

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85 - dwi doesn't always mean intoxicated, it applies if you're impaired by drugs as well, prescription or illegal, and given that it was a side effect of his sleeping medication, it would be incredibly obvious that he was on something that was impairing his ability to drive. Odds are since it's a side effect the charges will be dropped, granted that whoever prescribed him the pills would go in and explain that he does in fact have a prescription, that it is a more uncommon side effect than basic sleep walking but entirely possible that he wasn't consciously aware of even getting in the car, and that they will be changing his prescription (and probably require that someone stays with him the first few nights to make sure he takes to it well) in hopes of preventing any future risks.

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Ambien would explain it. They warn about strange sleep behavior/patterns in the pharmacy - and on the bottle for these reasons. If OP drove a car while sleeping due to being under prescription meds, it's also considered a DUI. Alcohol doesn't always have to be involved. It sucks because you still get it on your record even though it wasn't a purposeful, deliberate action, unlike so many DUIs out there today.

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When you take Ambien you have to be in the correct mindset and close your eyes with the thought that it will work. After 20 minutes and you are still awake is when the "fun" begins.

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Been there done that...Ambien is wicked. It also changes your personality. My hubby hates it when I have to take mine. But I don't take a full pill anymore only half.

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I had to stop taking Ambien. I went a full day without remembering anything...and on that day I went to the doctors office, the one that prescribed it for me. Needless to say they told me to dispose of the remainding.

I had a similar thing happen. I have somnombolism (sleep walking) and they gave me medication to help with it. I woke up with the police knocking on my door telling me that I had been seen writing bad words on the wall by some girl on our floor.

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Actually, I make sammiches for my boyfriend and make him eat them at like three in the morning. Then I make a mess of the kitchen, yell incoherently at him to clean up his mess and go back to sleep.

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Ummmm..... There are WAYYYY to many Alans in this world. A last name would help. Also, I don't think OP will answer you. That'll give away his identity. Dadadaaahhhh.......

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There are WAYYYYY to many Alans in this world. A last name would help. Besides, it's not like OP will respond. It'll give away his secret identity. Dah dah daaaahhhhh............

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