Every state has a method to determine whether a driver was operating a
vehicle under the influence of alcohol. However, many states and their
law enforcement officers find it extremely difficult to determine whether
a driver who was smoking marijuana was actually high while driving.
To remedy this problem, some states have enacted laws, which specify the
amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC, that a motorist
can have in their body based a blood test. Although this will determine
the exact amount of a person’s THC levels, it does not accurately
measure whether or not the person was actually impaired as a result. For
this reason, many motorists may be wrongfully charged.
Why Can’t THC Level Readings Determine Whether a Person is Impaired?
Undoubtedly, THC can affect a person’s mind and thus their driving
abilities as well. However, unlike blood alcohol concentration, drivers
who smoke or use pot do not become impaired at specific levels. This means
that a person with a low amount of THC in their system may not be safe
to drive, while a person with a high level of THC in their body may not
be impaired at all. As a result, the AAA Foundation states that it is
difficult for states to create consistent and fair laws.
Is Pot-Use Causing Car Accidents?
According to Washington state statistics from 2014, one in six drivers
involved in deadly car accidents used pot. In an article published by
StarTribune, the president and CEO of the AAA Foundation commented, “The significant
increase in fatal crashes involving marijuana is alarming […] Washington
serves as an eye-opening case study for what other states may experience
with road safety after legalizing the drug.” In an effort to prevent
pot-related car accidents from occurring, lawmakers and law enforcement
officers are working diligently to establish methods, which can help officers
identify driver impairment.
Arrested for Driving While High? Call Our Team.
If you were arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana, it is
crucial you seek experienced legal representation right away. Because
Nevada enforces a per se law, meaning that no evidence of impairment or
intoxication needs to be demonstrated for the purpose of a DUI case, any
driver with a BAC of .08 or higher can be arrested for DUI. Unfortunately,
this can leave accused drivers at risk for serious consequences and heavy fines.
At Joey Gilbert Law,
our Reno DUI defense lawyers have the knowledge and skills it takes to fight for your rights and future.
When you contact our firm, we will listen to the details of your case
and deploy only top-tier legal strategies to help you obtain positive
results. When you need aggressive and serious legal defense in your corner,
get in touch with our team. We will stand by your side from beginning to end.
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