RICHARD R. USLAN- A NEW JERSEY ATTORNEY CREATES NEW AMBIEN DWI DEFENSE

by Richard R. Uslan on Sep. 07, 2017

 General Practice 

Summary: Richard R. Uslan is a New Jersey DWI Defense Attorney who has represented thousands of DWI clients successfully throughout New Jersey for the past 30 years. His law firm is located almost directly across from the Somerset County Court House in Somerville, New Jersey.

Richard R. Uslan is a New Jersey DWI Defense Attorney who has represented thousands of DWI clients successfully throughout New Jersey for the past 30 years.  His law firm is located almost directly across from the Somerset County Court House in Somerville, New Jersey.

Many of you have heard of incidents or watched news telecasts involving people who were “sleep-driving.”    You may have seen him on Mr. Uslan on TV or heard him on national radio discussing this subject.   Richard Uslan appeared as an expert Legal Analyst on a national TV broadcast of ABC News “Nightline” to discuss this important and complex subject.  He has also been the subject of or quoted in several magazine and newspaper stories nationally regarding this unique defense to a DWI arrest.

Richard Uslan was quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer:

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“She arose without having any idea whatsoever that she got in the car and had an accident,” her attorney, Richard Uslan, said in an interview Thursday. “The major thrust in that case was the fact she had no warning that sleep-driving would occur.”

http://articles.philly.com/2016-04-16/news/72354228_1_ambien-sleep-driving-defense-lawyers

Richard Uslan was quoted in the Boston Herald:

“The prosecution will try to argue that (Duggan) didn’t take it as directed,” said Richard R. Uslan, a New Jersey attorney credited with winning a 2006 Ambien case, one of the first in the nation. “But nobody ever reads the warnings, and very rarely has a doctor or pharmacist warned of sleep driving.”

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Read a PDF file of the article.

Richard Uslan’s successful defense of a New Jersey DWI case was described in Marie Claire:

“In a seminal case, the attorney for 51-year-old Marie Connelly of Hillsborough, New Jersey, used it to overturn his client’s 2006 DWI conviction, noting the FDA label change six months after her arrest. The appellate court ruled it would be an ‘injustice to hold her responsible for the undisclosed side effects of a popular and readily available medication that she was lawfully prescribed and properly administered.'”

http://www.marieclaire.com/world-reports/while-you-were-sleeping-2

Richard Uslan was quoted in the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper:

“‘The Ambien defense is happening all over the place,’ said Richard Uslan, a New Jersey attorney credited with winning a 2006 case, one of the first in the nation. ‘There is skepticism but that hasn’t stopped attorneys from advancing it.’  The sleep-driving phenomenon surfaced in the mid-2000s after several crashes, including a widely publicized Ambien-related accident in 2006 involving  Patrick Kennedy, the former congressman from Rhode Island and son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.”

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-08-22/news/sns-mct-man-acquitted-after-ambien-defense-now-faces-20120822_1_ambien-parole-board-drug-makers

The San Jose Mercury News also credited Richard Uslan with being the first attorney to win a DWI case with this defense.

http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_21365601/man-acquitted-after-ambien-defense-now-faces-parole

Here is a TV feature about the case broadcast by WCBS-TV New York:

THE DEFENSE IS COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE “AMBIEN DEFENSE” OR THE “SLEEP DRIVING DEFENSE”

That’s right!  Certain medications cause innocent people to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and engage in behavior as complex and difficult as driving a car — without them even realizing they were doing it!   Mr. Uslan argued that when the Drunk Driving laws were first passed, the legislators could not possibly have foreseen that taking a prescription medication under doctor’s orders could cause this phenomenon.    It was one of several legal arguments advanced by Mr. Uslan after two appeals that ultimately culminated in the acceptance of the ground-breaking defense.  Uslan describes the defense as:  “Common-law Pathological Intoxication.”  This defense is commonly referred to as the “Ambien Defense” or the ”Sleep Driving Defense” and some people call it the “Sleeping Pill Defense”.

NEW JERSEY HAS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST DRUNK DRIVING LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES, SO YOU NEED AN EXPERIENCED AND SUCCESSFUL DWI ATTORNEY WITH PROVEN RESULTS

In New Jersey, you aren’t entitled to have a Jury hear and decide your case;  a Judge will determine your guilt or innocence.    In New Jersey you can’t plea bargain cases of Driving under the Influence.   Even if you did not intend to drive, if the police saw you operating your car, you could still be found guilty by the Judge – that is, until the DWI Ambien Defense first became accepted and recognized.

MANY PHYSICIANS AND PHARMACISTS NEGLECT TO VERBALLY EXPLAIN TO PATIENTS THE SEVERAL POTENTIAL SIDE-EFFECTS OF AMBIEN OR OTHER MEDICATIONS THEY PRESCRIBE.
Richard Uslan is a Somerset County Drunk Driving Lawyer, who appears in court as a Bridgewater DWI Attorney, a Bedminster Drunk Driving Attorney, a Bernards Township DUI Attorney, a Bound Brook DWI Attorney, a South Bound Brook DUI Lawyer, or a Manville Drunk Driving Attorney.  They are all in Somerset County and close to Richard Uslan’s Somerville office.   Hundreds of clients each year from Somerset County and all over New Jersey, or clients who were arrested in New Jersey but live out-of-state, have sought my advice to combat the humiliation, stress and embarrassment of being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.

RICHARD USLAN IS A FORMER PROSECUTOR
Richard Uslan has been an Essex County Prosecutor in Newark,  a Springfield Municipal Prosecutor & Denville Municipal Prosecutor.   After that he entered private practice and has defended numerous cases as an Essex County DUI Defense Attorney, a Union County DWI Defense Lawyer and a Morris County Drunk Driving Defense Attorney.  I He has had law offices in Springfield and Linden, both of which are in Union County.

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