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 Phoenix DUI attorneys at Suzuki Law Offices are ready to fight for you.
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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. But there's an inactive chemical that doesn't go away for weeks. The problem is that both chemicals, including the inactive chemical that doesn't produce the high, can lead to a DUI arrest in Arizona if law enforcement finds it in your system. In other words, you're simply not driving under the influence (you aren't under the effects of marijuana), but yet you can still be charged.
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.
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 criminal defense 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 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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