Also commonly referred to a "Marijuana DUI," arrests involving driving under the influence of marijuana has steadily increased in Glendale as California drug laws have evolved to further decriminalize marijuana-related offenses. Although marijuana use is no longer limited to medicinal purposes, it is still a misdemeanor offense to drive while under the influence of it. Under California Vehicle Code statute 23152(e), it is misdemeanor crime to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of any legal or illegal drug. Additionally, if you are arrested for driving under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol under VC 23152(f), you face even harsher punishments.
What Prosecutors Must Prove To Convict You Of A Marijuana DUI
A Glendale marijuana DUI, much like a standard alcohol drunk driving charge under VC 23152(a), requires the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were, in fact, 1). driving a motor vehicle and 2). did so while under the influence of marijuana. Prosecutors can establish the first element through either police or witness testimony, video evidence, or your admission to driving. In addition, the prosecution must prove the second element, which is your were under the influence of marijuana at the time you were in control of your vehicle. In order to establish this element of the crime, prosecutors depend on the accuracy of chemical blood or urine testing, as well as the reliability of testimony from police officers trained to be so-called drug recognition experts (DRE).
Marijuana DUI Defense In Glendale Since 1987
If you have been arrested for a DUI involving marijuana, contact our Glendale DUI attorneys immediately for a free consultation. Our drunk driving defense firm and successfully challenged DUI charges in Glendale Court and Burbank for three decades utilizing our experience as former drunk driving prosecutors to obtain positive results for each of our clients. Call us today at (818) 572-9090 or contact us online to schedule a free phone consult or an in-person case review at our office in Burbank.
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