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Recreational marijuana use became legal in California in 2018. However, driving under the influence of cannabis (marijuana) is still illegal, per California Vehicle Code Section 23152(e), and the penalties for conviction are harsh. For first-time DUI offenders, a conviction could result in a driver’s license suspension, fines, jail time, as well as much higher car insurance premiums in the future.
Prosecutors face a challenge when attempting to prove you consumed marijuana prior to driving. That’s because it’s not easy to measure how much you consumed, when you consumed it, and there is still no legal limit for cannabis consumption under California law, as there is for alcohol. Also, while a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) can easily be measured, the same cannot be said for cannabis. Chemical tests for cannabis are not yet reliable enough to definitively prove intoxication. There is other evidence, though, which can be compelling evidence used to convict you of a marijuana DUI. Law enforcement can argue you were “high” based on your driving patterns, statements you made at the scene, performance on a field sobriety test, the presence of drug paraphernalia in the car, and if you had symptoms of intoxication, such as dilated pupils and bloodshot eyes.
Our marijuana DUI attorneys in Riverside may be able to help reduce the charges or exonerate you. If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana, call The Law Offices of Scott Henry at (714) 544-1433 today to speak to our criminal defense lawyers for a free case evaluation.
DEFENSES FOR MARIJUANA DUI CHARGES
Depending on the facts surrounding your case, your DUI defense lawyer will use a number of strategies to fight your marijuana DUI charges, such as:
- You were not “high” behind the wheel
- The police officer had no probable cause to pull you over or arrest you
- The police officer did not follow proper procedure
- There was no warrant to draw your blood for chemical testing
- The results of a blood test indicated a false positive
- Your driving abilities were not affected by marijuana
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Our skilled DUI attorneys have years of defending clients against impaired driving charges. Contact us at The Law Offices of Scott Henry for a free consultation and to discuss your defense strategy.