No one plans to drive under the influence of marijuana, but it happens. You may have made a mistake or thought you were okay to drive.
Now, you’ve been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, and you’re worried about the effects a conviction could have on your future.
People who are suspected of DUI are treated harshly—and this is true whether the drug was alcohol or marijuana. The penalties for first-time marijuana DUI are severe and can include the following:
- Five-day (minimum) to one-year (maximum) sentence of jail time
- $600 (minimum) to $1000 (maximum) fine
- Community service from 48 to 96 hours
- Probation for up to two years
These penalties for second, third, and later offenses are even higher.
Under Colorado law, a driver is considered impaired if he or she has five parts per billion THC in the body. This threshold unfortunately doesn’t consider that marijuana affects the body differently than alcohol: THC may remain in the body long after the high wears off, which is often the case for habitual users. This means that you may not actually have been impaired at the time that you were driving.
Until the law catches up with the science of marijuana, however, you can fight your charges with the help of an experienced marijuana DUI lawyer.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, we’re dedicated to helping people like you protect their rights and their future. We’re here to listen to you, to give you straightforward advice about your options, and to work toward your goals. We’ll help you fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
Call us today for a free, confidential consultation with a skilled Arvada, CO, marijuana DUI lawyer.