While most people associate DUIs with the use of alcohol, you can be charged with the crime for driving under the influence of any substance, including marijuana. Even if you have a medical marijuana prescription, you may be charged with a DUI if police believed the drug impacted your ability to drive. Fortunately, you can fight these charges. If you have been accused of driving under the influence of marijuana, please call a DUI lawyer like Peter M. Liss.
Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Charges
DUI cases involving marijuana can be particularly complex because the drug stays in a person’s system and shows up on drug tests long after it has stopped affecting their mind. This means that you could fail a urine or blood test used to measure drug intoxication while still not actually under the influence of the drug.
While using marijuana is a crime, unless you have a medical prescription, DUI laws require that you be under the influence of the drug while you were driving. Your Vista attorney is critical to fighting the evidence presented by the chemical test that indicated you used marijuana. If the prosecution cannot prove that you were under the influence of the drug when the police stopped you, you cannot be found guilty.
One of the biggest defenses used in cases involving driving under the influence of marijuana is the fact that there are a scarcity of studies showing how much mj affects a person’s driving. So even if you were under the influence of marijuana while driving, the prosecutors must also show that it negatively affected your driving, which is a relatively difficult standard to meet.
If you have been accused of driving under the influence of marijuana, please call DUI lawyer Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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