After midterm elections, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana. As states continue to legalize weed, police are starting to see an increase in marijuana-related driving while under the influence (DWI) charges. While the charges continue to grow, our firm has one piece of advice: always fight against marijuana-related DWIs.
Why You Should Fight Against Marijuana DWIs
The first reason you should fight against marijuana DWIs: they are difficult for police to prove. For alcohol-related DWIs, police officers carry breathalyzers that are simple and easy to use; however, for marijuana-related DWIs, police need to take a blood or urine sample. Obtaining a blood or urine sample is much more difficult than having the accused blow into a breathalyzer.
If the police obtain a blood or urine sample, the THC levels in someone’s system do not prove he or she was driving under the influence. Research reveals that trace elements of THC can stay in a person’s system for up to 4 weeks after its use. Therefore, it is impossible to prove that someone was under the influence of marijuana based on the THC in his or her system.
The second reason you should fight against marijuana DWIs: research shows marijuana affects people differently. While one person may be too impaired to drive after using marijuana, somebody else may be perfectly fine to drive. To further muddy the waters, there is no “legal limit” of THC in someone’s system that proves they are too impaired to drive. In short, there is no “0.08% BAC” equivalent in the world of marijuana.
Get Representation Now
Due to the inability to prove impairment, and the inability to prove the use of marijuana, every Texan accused of marijuana-related DWI should fight their case. If you or a loved one are charged with a marijuana-related DWI, contact attorney John Venza for relentless criminal defense.
Call (281) 817-8737 now for a free consultation for your case!