Driving under the influence of Ambien in Georgia can be punished just like DUI-Alcohol even if you are taking the medication as prescribed. Ambien is also known and prescribed as Zolpidem.
Many people believe that if they are taking medication as prescribed, not to get high, that they are not DUI.
The state must prove that the medication is in your system and that it rendered you less safe to drive or incapable of driving safely. When it comes to medications, this can be a low threshold to get into court. You will need able representation and, in many cases, a good expert witness to overcome the state's case.
State forensic scientists with limited training in pharmacology will often testify based on on-the-job training that even very low levels of ambien in the blood will render someone incapable of driving safely.
This is the same standard and burden of proof as drunk driving. There is no difference between DUI drugs and OWI alcohol in the way the crime is prosecuted or punished.
Ambien cases can be especially problematic. Until recently, many physicians were prescribing dosages double what current medical science believes to be appropriate. Such levels can place the patient in a hypnotic state where they can perform even complicated tasks like driving with no awareness or recall that they have done so.
If you are charged with driving under the influence of Ambien or any other medication in Northeast Georgia. contact us right away for a free consultation.