When you hear someone tell you they were arrested for DUI, you tend to picture someone who got drunk or high and then got behind the wheel. They don't usually think of someone who is simply a victim of his or her medication. Yes, some sleep disorder medications can cause "sleep-driving." This occurs when a person ends up driving while he or she is partially asleep, with no memory of the event ever occurring.
The FDA has asked manufacturers of all drugs falling under the sedative-hypnotic category to start using labels on their drug products that include more strongly worded warnings about these possible risks.
If someone takes a sleep disorder drug that does not provide proper warning of the possible sleep-driving side effect, that person might not be guilty of DUI.
If your DUI charges are based on a sleep-driving incident caused by a sleep disorder drug, you should immediately consult call Nick Lavery.