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Charged with Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana? We Can Help.

Driving is not a right. It is a privilege.

That being said, driving under the influence of drugs can immediately get your driving privileges suspended or revoked, which can impact your livelihood in immeasurable ways. There are few alternatives to driving your own vehicle absent a license, and there are hardly any alternatives to suffering a criminal record should you get convicted of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID).

However, when you think there is no hope in fighting your DUID accusations, we urge you to think again. At Sturm Law, a Los Angeles drug DUI defense lawyer can examine your incident to determine how to best resolve your case. We know how flawed the investigation against you can be, and will leverage our experience and knowledge to expose such flaws through aggressive defense tactics. As a result, your drug DUI sentence may get reduced or dropped altogether.

To get started on your fight for freedom, contact(323) 395-5221! Se habla español.

CA Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) Laws

In California, driving under the influence is strictly prohibited. A person can get in serious trouble with the law if they take any drug, including prescription medications, and drive. Under CVC 23152, the following laws apply:

  • a person who is addicted to the use of any drug cannot drive a vehicle
  • a person who is under the influence of any drug cannot drive a vehicle
  • a person who is under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug cannot drive a vehicle

Contrary to popular belief, it is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. Although it is legal for adults who are 21 and older to use marijuana in California, they cannot get behind the wheel after. The National Institute on Drug Abuse asserts that marijuana “significantly impairs judgment, motor coordination, and reaction time, and studies have found a direct relationship between blood THC concentration and impaired driving ability.”

As such, it is imperative to discuss the legal repercussions of driving under the influence of drugs in California. A court will determine the details of your case, such as your participation in DUI breath and blood tests as well as your prior DUI history, and subject you to DUI school, ignition interlock device (IID) installation, and other penalties such as:

First offense

  • 96 hours to six months in jail
  • $390 to $1,000 fine
  • Six-month driver’s license suspension

Second offense within 10 years of a separate DUID conviction

  • 90 days to one year in jail
  • $390 to $1,000 fine
  • Two-year driver’s license suspension

Third offense within 10 years of two separate DUID convictions

  • 120 days to one year in jail
  • $390 to $1,000 fine
  • Three-year driver’s license suspension

Fourth or subsequent offense within 10 years of three or more separate DUID convictions

  • 180 days to one year in jail
  • $390 to $1,000 fine
  • Four-year driver’s license suspension

Chemical Testing for THC

There is currently no DUI breath test for marijuana, so officers will administer a blood test to measure the amount of THC in your system. However, even when the impairing effects of marijuana wear off, THC will remain in your system for several days and possibly weeks depending on how often you use it.

For example, if you smoked marijuana two weeks before you got pulled over for DUID, it will likely remain in your system and give officers a false idea that you were driving under the influence of marijuana at the time of your incident. You could be completely sober with THC in your system, meaning officers cannot be 100% certain that you are a drug DUI suspect.

A Los Angeles drug DUI lawyer at Sturm Law can argue that the defects in THC blood testing cannot clearly indicate your guilt. It’s challenging to accurately determine if you were under the influence of marijuana or simply had THC in your bloodstream, and an attorney can use these facts to strengthen your defense.

Fighting Drug DUI Charges in LA

When you’re at risk of losing your freedom and driving privileges, you cannot wait around while the prosecution builds their case against you. Instead, you must equip yourself with hard-hitting, dependable legal representation from Sturm Law. Our Los Angeles drug DUI defense attorney can work to prove your innocence and strategically negotiate for the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Your fight for freedom must start today. Reach out to us online or call (323) 395-5221 to begin the process!

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