Despite an expanding legal market for recreational and medicinal marijuana, state and federal governments still have a tight hold on regulations and legislature regarding its possession, transportation, sale, and cultivation. California, where medicinal marijuana use is legal, is no exception. California vehicle code 23152(a) prohibits an individual from driving while under the influence of a drug, even for qualified medicinal marijuana patients. Subject to field sobriety tests and blood testing, medicinal marijuana users can face charges even if it is not apparent they were driving in any impaired state. Just like with a DUI for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of marijuana can result in jail time, steep fines, a suspended license, increased insurance rates, and DUI education classes. Depending on your condition and usage, it may be difficult to go about your daily life without finding yourself in a difficult situation. While whether or not medicinal marijuana patients should be exceptions to certain drug laws is still in debate, the consequences of not being aware of those laws can have dramatic repercussions in your life. There is no excuse for breaking the law and so it is important to understand the laws before you argue your case. Proving someone is impaired from marijuana at the time they were driving is not as cut and dry as proving a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level. Thus, how to present and argue your case in court are important elements in the outcome of your case. If you are a California medicinal marijuana patient, it is important that you be aware and informed on the risks you face as a qualified patient. Visalia area criminal defense attorney Christopher Martens can represent you in court to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Martens Law Firm will aggressively fight for you in court and guide you through the process of dealing with DUI charges.
Have you been charged with a DUI for drug impairment? Contact attorney Christopher Martens and his legal team. Experienced in DUI and drug related defense, our team will compassionately listen to your story and make sure you receive the best defense in your case. Call our office at 559-967-7386 or email us at [email protected] for a free consultation.