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DUI laws and what Every Medical Marijuana Patient NEEDS to Know

In Arizona it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while impaired to even the slightest degree. Individuals taking prescription or non-prescription drugs that may potentially cause impairment of any type, need to be aware and concerned about the DUI consequences. This is especially true for medical marijuana patients because of the legal scrutiny associated with the prescription amongst law enforcement and in state courts. Even though you may lawfully be using medical marijuana for medicinal purposes, police officers may still arrest you if you are operating a vehicle and they believe that it has affected your ability to drive. There are two main DUI statutes that apply to someone that the police suspect are driving under the influence of marijuana: ARS 28-1381(A)(1) and ARS 28-1381(A)(3).

Rosenstein Law Group DUI Attorneys Return from New Orleans

It wasn't a vacation. Attorneys Craig Rosenstein and A.J. Hall were invited to a seminar in New Orleans called Mastering Scientific Evidence. It was hosted by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). It is an intensive multi-day course on scientific principles and forensics surrounding blood, breath, and urine currently used in crime labs. Some of the country's most reputable forensic scientists taught the country's best DUI lawyers the intricacies in representing clients accused of impaired driving. It is in-depth knowledge of how crime labs work, and some of the scientific short comings within those labs to produce erroneous results, that separate the attorneys at the Rosenstein Law Group from other attorneys practicing DUI defense in Arizona. If you are accused of impaired driving, you should immediately contact the attorneys at Rosenstein Law Group to help extricate you from the criminal justice system.

Retesting Blood for Drugs If BAC Is Below the Legal Limit in Arizona

The following scenario is becoming more and more prevalent in Arizona. A person is pulled over for some very minor driving offense (like having a license plate light out or turning into the middle lane and not the curb lane), and a police officer approaches and asks if they've had anything to drink. The person then honestly answers that they've had one beer with dinner. That person trusts police officers, so, even though they do not believe they were driving while impaired, they comply with every request, hoping to be let go, only to be told that they've failed all of the balancing tests and are being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. The person's car is then towed, and he or she is taken to a police station and held until a phlebotomist arrives and draws his or her blood. The person's blood alcohol level is accurately tested, and it comes in as expected: way below the legal limit, perhaps a 0.00 BAC.

Marijuana (Pot) and DUI Drugs in Arizona

The world's view of marijuana, or pot, is changing. We see this with an ever-growing amount of states passing medical marijuana laws, and have also seen it with the 40% of California residents that voted to legalize pot outright in California. Despite these facts, Arizona's laws on the subject haven't changed. Arizona has incredibly strict DUI Drugs laws on its books, under which guilt is determined by the mere presence of a drug or its metabolite in your system. That means that if you smoked one marijuana cigarette or joint three or four weeks ago, then every time you drove during that time (until your urine was absolutely free of the marijuana metabolites), you were driving under the influence of drugs (also known as DUI Drugs).

First Offense DUI - How Bad Can That Be? (Part 3 of 5)

As you can see from our last two blog posts, a first offense DUI in Arizona can be pretty bad. In our first blog in this series, we covered the 'catch all' charge under A.R.S. Section 28-1381(A)(1). In the second, we covered the one most people have heard of: A.R.S. Section 28-1381 (A)(2)- Blood Alcohol Content BAC .08 or above.

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