Just last week the state of Nevada became the latest state to legalize marijuana for recreational as well as medicinal purposes. In the state of Florida, possession of marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes but is still a criminal offense for recreational use. Driving while under the influence of marijuana is a crime that carries the same severe penalties as driving under the influence of alcohol. Marijuana DUI is not as easily detectable by Florida police who will look for bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and an unsteady gate when you walk. When an officer pulls you over they are also looking for the smell of marijuana on your breath, on your clothes or in the cabin of your car. If you are caught with possession of marijuana, additional criminal drug charge could apply. If you are caught with over a certain amount of marijuana in your car you could be charged with drug trafficking.
Using marijuana can impair one’s ability to drive every bit as much as alcohol consumption. When the two are used together, which is often the case, the effects of both are multiplied. The penalties for marijuana DUI are a maximum fine of $1,000, six months in jail, and a 6-12 month driver’s license suspension. Second-time offenders face a fine of up to $2,000, up to 9 months in jail, no license for 5 years. The third time you are convicted of DUI marijuana you are looking at one year in jail and a $2000 fine. Repeat marijuana DUI offenders face completing a psychological counseling program and their vehicle can be impounded for up to 10 days. In certain situations, an ignition interlock could be required on all of the vehicles you control.
Jacksonville DUI marijuana attorney Malcolm Anthony specializes in defending those charged with marijuana DUI and will fight the police and prosecution to vigorously defend your rights. If you are arrested and charged with marijuana DUI or any other DUI-related crime, remain silent and call us to be at your side during police questioning.