Even if you are not truly "impaired," it is possible to be convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana in Arizona. If THC is found in your blood, you could be sentenced to jail for up to six months for a misdemeanor DUI offense, have to pay significant fines and fees, and lose your driver's license for up to one year. It hardly sounds fair, but this is the law.
Suzuki Law Offices defends people charged with marijuana-related DUI offenses in Arizona. We are experienced and knowledgeable, and we are determined to obtain the best possible outcome for every client. If you have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, the attorneys at Suzuki Law Offices are ready to fight for you.
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While it may be legal in other states to use marijuana recreationally, or medically right here in our state, Arizona drivers have to deal with what is effectively a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of marijuana. The active chemical in marijuana - THC, the chemical that produces the "high" - has a limited shelf life. THC will diminish and be out of a person's system the same day. Arizona law states that the presence of metabolites – the stuff that stays in the bloodstream for weeks after using marijuana – will be enough to get you charged with DUI, and possibly even convicted, even though you weren't actually impaired.
Why is this? It boils down to the way an Arizona appeals court ruled: "We determined that the legislative ban extends to all substances, whether capable of causing impairment or not." In spite of the fact that Arizona allows the use of marijuana for medical purposes, if evidence exists that you smoked marijuana at any point, even though the effects wore off long ago, you're at risk of a DUI conviction.
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) was passed in 2010, allowing qualifying patients to possess and use a certain amount of cannabis. While this may be an affirmative defense to marijuana DUI charges – if you can prove that the level of metabolites in your system was not enough to cause impairment – the law clearly states that medical marijuana patients are not immune from Arizona’s DUI laws. Thus, you may still find yourself in a sticky situation.
Arizona is one of three states that has both a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to driving under the influence of marijuana and a law that legalizes the use of medical marijuana. So, even if you have the smallest amount of cannabis in your system when you are pulled over by law enforcement, there is a good chance you will face criminal charges.
If you are suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana, it is important to know your rights.
Our attorneys are former prosecutors who now defend people charged with drug and alcohol-related DUI. We understand the many possible defenses in these cases, and how to challenge the state's assertions. As in regular DUI cases, there are a number of defense strategies that could result in a dismissal of the charge or reduction to a non-DUI driving offense.
If a viable defense strategy exists in your case, we will find it. The Phoenix marijuana DUI lawyers at Suzuki Law Offices have extensive experience in drug crime cases, including those that involve driving under the influence. If you have been charged with DUI, or a related crime like marijuana possession, you can turn to us for an aggressive defense.
If you are caught driving under the influence of drugs, you will be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor—which is also the case for an alcohol-related DUI offense. This crime is punishable by a mandatory jail term of 10 consecutive days.
At Suzuki Law Offices, our Phoenix marijuana DUI lawyers can immediately respond to your call for help, review your case at no cost to you, and determine how we can be of assistance. We have already helped hundreds of clients protect their rights, freedoms, and futures after being charged with serious crimes in Arizona, and now we are ready to do the same for you. Our team is available 24/7, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We offer free and confidential DUI case evaluations.
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