Defending You Against Marijuana DUI Charges
Driving under the influence of marijuana is a serious charge in Maryland. Unlike an alcohol-related driving under the influence (DUI) charge, there is no legal limit when marijuana is involved. Any amount of marijuana in your blood or urine is enough to convict you of driving under the influence.
To protect yourself from damaging consequences, contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible. Before you say or do anything, call Silver Spring attorney James N. Papirmeister at 301-589-2100 for a free initial consultation. He has defended more than 15,000 people accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.
Is There A Defense Against Marijuana DUI Charges?
Police can arrest you on suspicion of marijuana DUI based on the smell of marijuana in your vehicle or the use of a so-called drug recognition expert. The decision to take you into custody and test your blood or urine is subjective and based on junk science. Unfortunately, you can still face serious consequences even if you are innocent.
You should not make any admissions concerning marijuana use, as you may test positive for marijuana up to three days after taking the drug. The sooner you put your case in the hands of a skilled DUI defense lawyer, the better off you will be. Mr. Papirmeister can challenge the legality of the stop and other issues related to your arrest.
What Are The Consequences Of A Marijuana DUI Conviction In Maryland?
You face the same consequences for marijuana DUI that you would for alcohol-related DUI. For a first conviction, it carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail, a 120-day driver’s license suspension and a $1,000 fine. If you have past convictions, you face up to three years in jail and suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.
You also face drug evaluation and treatment as well as probation. A conviction for marijuana DUI cannot be expunged, meaning that the conviction will be on your record forever. If could affect your employment, your ability to obtain a professional license and other areas of your life.