D
riving Under the Influence of Marijuana
To test whether or not a driver is guilty of DUID, law enforcement officers ask them to submit to a blood test. This test records the level of THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol in the blood. The level of THC, which is the most significant ingredient in marijuana, in your blood indicates the degree to which you are under the influence of the drug. According to law, you should not get behind the wheel of your vehicle before a minimum of three hours have passed since you last used marijuana. Driving soon after smoking a marijuana joint can result in you failing the test which indicates whether you fall within the 5 nanogram of THC per mm blood level limit which is permissible.

What are the penalties you may face?

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana, your license can be revoked instantly. In addition, you may face fines and imprisonment time as well. If there is a child in the vehicle with you when you are pulled over for suspected DUID, you may further be charged with child abuse if it can be proved that your driving ability was impaired by the drug.

Defense for DUID marijuana citations

A higher blood alcohol level may be an effective indicator of how impaired your ability to drive is by the alcohol but this is not the case with marijuana. For habitual marijuana investors, a high concentration of THC in the blood may be revealed by the test even if the person has not smoked the drug in the past few hours. Also, the legal limit of 5 nanograms per mm is too low, according to regular users, whose ability to drive is not in the least impaired by even higher concentrations of the drug. Even if the test indicates a higher concentration, you can still mount an effective defense by proving that your driving ability was unimpaired.

The consequences of DUID convictions can be quite drastic and mounting an effective defense can be quite complex. This is exactly why you need the guidance and support of a competent Colorado DUID lawyer when you are in this situation. Talk to us today to know how we can help you deal with DUID citations and protect your rights.

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