Marijuana DUI Attorney in Orange County
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While medical marijuana is legal in California, driving under the influence
of marijuana is not. If you have been pulled over and arrested for marijuana-related
DUI, you should immediately contact an Orange County DUI attorney at the
Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. You have rights and we are here
to protect them!
Let us give your case the immediate attention it needs. Schedule a
free consultation today.
Measuring Marijuana Intoxication
Unlike alcohol-related DUI, there is no reliable scientific way to test
intoxication levels when it comes to marijuana. While chemical tests can
detect the presence of marijuana metabolites in the blood or urine, the
fact that these compounds can stay in the body for weeks after marijuana
consumption does not prove whether a driver was impaired
at the time of their citation. Whereas a BAC of .08% is the legal limit for alcohol, there is no “legal
limit” for a substance that affects everyone differently. Tests
for marijuana usage are therefore not reliable when it comes to proving DUI.
Penalties for Marijuana DUI in California
Driving under the influence of marijuana, whether legally or illegally
obtained, is a crime in the state of California. This means that even
if you use marijuana for legitimate medical purposes, you can still be
prosecuted if a police officer believes that you were intoxicated while
you were driving.
For a first offense, individuals convicted of marijuana DUI in California
may face between 96 hours and six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000,
a license suspension of up to six months, and potential installation of
an ignition interlock device after regaining driving privileges. Subsequent
offenses result in even harsher penalties, including increased jail time
and potential probation.
Contact an Orange County Marijuana DUI Lawyer
Because there is no scientific, objective way to prove impairment, determining
whether a driver is intoxicated is highly subjective. Your future shouldn’t
depend on subjective evidence! If you are being accused of a marijuana-related
driving offense, immediately contact our firm. Attorney Virginia Landry
is a Board Certified DUI Defense Specialist with decades of experience.
She has been helping people have their DUI charges reduced or dismissed
since she first opened her firm in 1989.
To schedule a consultation with the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry,
Inc., call us toll-free at (866) 902-6880.