DUI marijuana is a serious, life-altering charge that must be taken seriously. Even though more and more states have legalized marijuana for medicinal and some recreational use, it is still a crime in all fifty states to operate a motor vehicle while under its influence and if you are charged with DUI marijuana you need remain silent once in police custody and call a Florida DUI lawyer.
Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal, however, it is difficult for police to spot someone who has is using the substance. In the state of Georgia, police have been required to complete a special, one-month training program to become certified as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). This supposedly will enable police officers who have lawfully pulled over a vehicle for even a minor traffic violation to determine whether or not a person is under the influence of marijuana by simply looking at them. The police in Georgia do not have to smell marijuana in the car, nor do they have to find drugs or believe verbal denials. Critics of this new police procedure argue that it casts too large a net over innocent drivers.
The new visual drug recognition program is already causing Georgia residents concern as several motorists have been pulled over by police recently, arrested, taken into custody, have had to spend time in jail, yet were eventually released without being charged with driving under the influence of marijuana. One Georgia police officer had arrested three individuals that had to spend jail time and were then released after the officer failed to follow the DRE program’s protocol of follow-up drug testing to confirm the original arrest. The core component of to confirm the presence of drugs in a person’s system is a chemical drug test of one’s blood and urine. All three blood tests in the study came back negative for the presence of drug or alcohol. A completely innocent driver can be arrested, subjected to having a criminal record, perhaps lose their job and an entire host of other complications.
If you have been arrested and taken into custody, do what the police say, but remember that you have the right to remain silent and to call an attorney to be present with you during police questioning. Call Jacksonville, Florida DUI of drug and alcohol attorney Mario L. Herman today.