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People v. Mathson, C063527

Defendant's conviction for driving under the influence of drugs is affirmed where although the trial court's instruction on unconsciousness was an error, it was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt because the evidence overwhelmingly establishes defendant knew or should have known that the Ambien he took could have caused sleep driving. Thus, defendant was voluntarily intoxicated, and the unconsciousness instruction does not apply.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/07/2012
  • Published 11/07/2012

Judges

  • Murry

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel