Driving While Under The Influence Of Marijuana Remains A Serious Crime
Although Canada has put the steps in motion to legalize recreational marijuana use, United States federal law still prohibits this drug use. This difference in marijuana laws and enforcement can create legal problems for individuals crossing the border into New York.
Unlike alcohol, traces of marijuana can remain in the body for a significant period of time. As a result, it is possible to be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of this drug a week after its noticeable effects have faded.
Our attorneys at the Turbo Team have represented New York residents and out-of-state visitors who have been charged with a marijuana DUI. State law enforcement pursues harsh penalties for misdemeanor and felony convictions. Working with a knowledgeable lawyer can help you limit the negative consequences that result when this charge appears on your criminal record.
What You Need To Know About Penalties
Although the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level for drivers is .08 percent and .04 percent for commercial drivers, there is no such threshold for marijuana. As a result, drivers with small amounts of marijuana in their system can be charged with a violation.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, you could face these consequences:
- Jail or prison time
- License suspension
- Community service
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
The penalties become more severe when both alcohol and marijuana are detected and in circumstances in which minors are present in the vehicle when the offense occurred.
Retaining our skilled lawyers can help you navigate the criminal system efficiently and protect your driving privileges. We use decades of criminal defense experience to explore all options when we develop our legal strategy. We are familiar with the limitations of marijuana drug tests and will zealously challenge the evidence collected in your case.
Time Is Critical When You Are Facing This Charge. Talk To Us Today.
Trbovich Law Firm has the know-how and the dedication to assist you throughout all stages of your case. Get started today when you email or contact our firm at 716-634-4646. We offer free and private consultations. Our offices are conveniently located in Buffalo, Lockport and Grand Island.