Driving under the influence is a serious charge to have made against you. If you've been arrested or fear being arrested under the accusation of being under the influence of marijuana while driving, you should get in touch with a lawyer. Here's why you should fight this charge.
Although marijuana consumption is now legal in multiple states, that doesn't mean that cops have a good way of tracking its use. Unlike breathalyzer tests for alcohol consumption, police still don't have a good benchmark to prove that you're under the influence of marijuana when they pull you over. As a result, they have to rely upon your behaviors and actions, which may mean that you could be charged for no reason at all.
Hair and Blood Tests
There are longer-term tests that detect marijuana in the blood and hair. However, there are some issues with using these tests.
These tests aren't particularly useful for proving a DUI charge against you. These tests look for substances found in marijuana, like THC, the leading chemical that gives you hallucinogenic experiences or the 'high' that marijuana is known for. However, THC can remain in the body, including the hair, for a long period of time after you've consumed it. A test that proves positive may detect that you took marijuana weeks or even a month ago , so it's not strong evidence against you that you were driving under the influence.
What to Do
If you've been pulled over or arrested for marijuana consumption, immediately reach out to a DUI lawyer. With inadequate tests, it may not be possible for the police to prove that you were under the influence, even if you were.
Under no circumstances should you say anything incriminating, especially after the police have read you your rights. Saying anything could potentially provide evidence to the police and allow them to use your own words against you.
Once you're in touch with a lawyer, they'll look into your case and work towards getting you released from jail, if you're being held. They will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you win your case and have the violation removed from your record, ensuring that you keep your license and don't have a blemish on your record.
Driving under the influence is never wise, but whether you did it or not,
the police may not have a valid case against you. Don't let yourself be
bullied; contact a
DUI accident lawyer
as soon as possible and get help fighting this charge.