Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

In Arizona, it is considered unlawful to drive under the influence of marijuana. In most cases, driving under the influence of such a substance may land a person with the same charges as drinking and driving. Moreover, it is important to note that anyone operating a motor vehicle in the state of Arizona has already given consent to an impairment test if pulled over by authorities. If a person refuses to consent to a test, he/she can have their license revoked for up to 12 months.

Since Arizona laws impose strict penalties for refusing impairment tests when pulled over, it is important to understand Arizona DUI violations clearly. Here are some helpful guidelines:

  • While Arizona allows medical marijuana use under certain circumstances, it remains a crime to drive under the influence of marijuana
  • It is unlawful for a driver to have the presence of the drug in their body, regardless of whether or not the driver is actually impaired.
  • The presence of drugs, such as marijuana, in a driver’s system is grounds for a DUI arrest.

What are the Consequence of Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana?

Like DUI charges involving alcohol, driving under the influence of marijuana is considered a severe offense by authorities. As a result, the penalties of such an offense are great. Below is a list of consequences for driving under the influence of marijuana.

After the first conviction, a driver may be subject to:

  • At least 10 days in jail
  • Fines up to $1,250
  • Participation in a drug treatment program
  • License suspension
  • Community service
  • Probation up to 5 years
  • Ordered to attach an ignition interlock device

Similar to driving under the influence of alcohol, motorists convicted of multiple offenses for driving under the influence of marijuana can face increasingly harsh penalties. For this reason, if a person is arrested or convicted of driving under the influence of a drug such as marijuana with a prior conviction on their record, contacting a DUI lawyer as soon as possible becomes crucial.

Our Phoenix DUI attorneys at Knowles Law Firm, PLC understand the severity of such cases and work hard to make sure our client’s rights are protected. We look into each case individually to ensure a person is not wrongfully convicted by any measure. With decades of combined experience, our team understands the ins and out of Arizona laws and will work hard to make sure you are protected throughout the entire process.

If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, call our Phoenix DUI lawyers today at (602) 702-5431.

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