Drugged driving is treated similarly to a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. You can be charged with DUI if you are found driving under the influence of illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and even marijuana. Marijuana DUI cases can be difficult to prove, but they do occur more frequently than you might think.
Does Marijuana Use Impact Driving?
It is a crime to drive when your mental and physical capacities are impaired. But does marijuana really have the effect? Studies have shown that marijuana use can affect your reaction time, muscle coordination, judgment, and ability to concentrate. Therefore, it can impair your driving skills. So while you may feel okay to drive after you’ve smoked a joint, an analysis of several studieshas found that the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident while under the influence of marijuana increases. It is for this reason that Maryland takes drugged driving seriously, even when it comes to marijuana.
In the typical marijuana DUI case, a police officer pulls someone over because they are driving erratically or demonstrating some type of impairment. Breath testing may be performed and excludes alcohol as a factor. The officer may smell marijuana on the driver and suspect that drugged driving is occurring. The officer would then call in a specially trained police officer called a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) to perform a series of tests. The DRE can then direct that a blood test or urinalysis be performed to determine what is causing the impairment. However, blood and urine tests can detect THC even weeks after marijuana has been used. There should be other evidence that the driver was impaired at the time of the arrest.
Driving while under the influence of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense that is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. You may also face a suspension of your driver’s license.
Contact a Maryland DUI Attorney
If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana, you want an experienced DUI attorney on your side. The attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, will work hard to get you the best possible outcome. Contact us online or call us at 866-444-6363 for a free consultation.