Defense for Marijuana DUI Charges

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Though a driving under the influence (DUI) charge is usually thought to refer to alcohol, an individual can be charged for driving under the influence of any intoxicating or mind-altering substance, including marijuana. The penalties for a marijuana DUI can be severe in the greater Phoenix, Arizona, area, and if you are facing this charge, you will need the defense of an experienced DUI attorney to protect your rights.

James E. Novak is a criminal defense lawyer who specializes in Arizona DUI cases. He can provide you the best defense possible for marijuana DUI and any possession or paraphernalia charges that may be included. If you are facing any type of DUI drug charge, contact the Law Office of James Novak today.

About Marijuana DUI

A marijuana DUI charge usually begins with a routine traffic stop, a police officer pulling you over and approaching your car window. At this point, if he or she detects any signs of marijuana use, including bloodshot eyes, odor, or visible paraphernalia, there is probable cause to search your car and to assume you are under the influence.

The law says you can be charged with DUI if the officer has cause to believe you are impaired to the slightest degree while driving. And, by operating a vehicle in Arizona, you have given your implied consent to a drug test. If you refuse to take a blood test, it will be counted as evidence against you.

There is no acceptable amount of active marijuana compounds to have in your system; the law states,“a person is in violation of DUI law by operating a vehicle with any trace of marijuana in his or her system as detected by THC metabolites in bodily fluids.” Even if you have a medical marijuana card, Arizona law will not recognize it as a doctor’s prescription, and in any case, you can receive a DUI for driving while impaired by prescription drugs.

Penalties and Defense for a Marijuana DUI

The potential penalties for a marijuana DUI are severe, even for first-time offenses. If convicted, you can be  In addition, your license may be suspended, and you may be ordered to mandatory drug treatment, community service, and probation. Each subsequent conviction, the penalties becomes harsher and more substantial.

Attorney James Novak is an expert litigator who has protected many clients from all types of DUI. He has often been able to get charges dropped completely, successfully arguing that police violated protocol, testing was inadequate or faulty, evidence was insufficient, and other DUI defenses. When dismissal is not possible, he will skillfully negotiate on your behalf for reduced charges and penalties.

Contact Our Firm to Learn More Today

With the potential consequences of a marijuana DUI , it is important that you secure the best legal representation. To find out how attorney James Novak can help you, contact his law office today and set up your consultation.

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