There are definite legal and medical implications for a criminal offence committed during a sleepwalking episode, as the offender is not held responsible for the act.
Sleepwalking is a peculiar, distressing, and potentially dangerous sleep behavior. However, there are definite medical and legal implications for a criminal offense committed during a Sleepwalking phase, as the offender is not held responsible for the act.Medical Issues and Legal Issues
► Sleepwalking can adversely affect another sleep condition such as obstructive sleep apnea by interfering with nasal continuous positive-pressure therapy .
► Sleepwalkers are often misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated as psychiatric disorders.
► Such cases must be evaluated by professional sleep specialists.
► They may also have forensic implications. Accidents, homicides, and suicides may occur during these bizarre nocturnal experiences
► Failing to advise patients and/or their caretakers about the risks of injury to self or others could be construed as punishable, depending on the extent of the damage sustained.
► Failure to look for an underlying cause for sleepwalking, especially when the onset is in adulthood, also could be punishable.