What are the Penalties for Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana?

Posted By Joey Gilbert Law || 15-Jan-2016

As many already know, Arizona has some of the strictest DUI laws and the some of the harshest penalties for those who break them. But, did you know that drivers can also face heavy fines and serious penalties if caught driving under the influence of marijuana? That’s right. Driving high can land you with some severe consequences.

According to Nevada laws, a driver who is impaired by marijuana is subject to the same consequences as those caught driving under the influence of alcohol. This type of charge is called Nevada DUI Marijuana, NRS 484C.110. A person can break this law if:

  • The motorist has ingested an amount of marijuana that leaves the driver incapable of driving safely or keeping physical control of the vehicle.
  • The motorist’s blood contains two nanograms per milliliter of marijuana or five nanograms per milliliter of marijuana metabolite.
  • The motorist’s urine contains 10 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana or 15 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana metabolite.

If a driver is swerving or has led a police officer to believe the driver is impaired by a drugs or alcohol, the law enforcement officer may pull over the driver and perform a normal breathalyzer test. If the driver passes the breathalyzer test and the law enforcement officer still believes the driver is operating a vehicle while impaired, the officer may suspect the driver has ingested marijuana.

Law enforcement officers may believe a motorist is the influence of marijuana if:

  • The driver has failed any of the field sobriety tests
  • The motorist’s pupils are dilated
  • The motorist smells like marijuana
  • The driver is showing signs of short-term memory impairment
  • The driver is experiencing body or eyelid tremors
  • The motorist is acting overly uninhibited and relaxed

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