Driving Under the Influence is widely recognized as a problem, with many people being injured as a result of drunk driving every year. Unfortunately, the efforts of the authorities to police for driving under the influence sometimes overreach the law. It is not unusual to hear about people who were arrested for driving under the influence, but had their rights violated in the process. While it is important to work for safety on the streets, it should not come at the price of violating people’s rights. It is important to understand that driving under the influence does not apply only to drunk driving, but to driving under the influence of drugs such as marijuana as well. If you have been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, contact experienced Denver DUI defense attorney Alaurice Tafoya-Modi immediately to protect your rights.
Mrs. Tafoya-Modi has helped numerous Coloradans who have been charged with DUI marijuana to protect their rights and their driving privileges, as well as to get the best possible outcome from a terrible situation. It is vital to have a Denver DUI attorney who can not only defend you against criminal charges in court, but who also understands how to protect your rights in an administrative hearing with the Motor Vehicle Division.
Is There a Legal Limit for DUI Marijuana?
In Colorado, there is no DUI per se law regarding marijuana, which means that there is no set legal limit for driving after using marijuana. However, this should absolutely not be interpreted as meaning that it isn’t possible to get a DUI after using marijuana. What it does mean is that in order to prosecute you for DUI, the prosecutor will have to rely on evidence given by the arresting officer, along with any witnesses that there may be, as to your intoxication. It is important to understand, particularly if you use marijuana under the Colorado medical marijuana law, that, like any other drug, including any prescription drug, it is not legal to drive if your ability to do so safely is impaired by marijuana.
This can be a particularly important point. Some people have made the mistake of believing that because they were given a prescription for medical marijuana, and purchased the drug from a dispensary as allowed by Colorado law, that they are not subject to arrest for DUI. This is not the case. It is possible to be arrested for, and convicted of DUI, and to lose driving privileges, for driving while your ability is impaired by any drug, regardless of the circumstances. This includes illegal recreational drugs, prescription medications, and alcohol.
If you have been arrested for DUI marijuana, contact dedicated, aggressive Denver DUI attorney Alaurice Tafoya-Modi as soon as possible to protect your rights. Mrs. Tafoya-Modi can represent you in a hearing with the Motor Vehicle Division, to help you retain your driver’s license. She can also advocate fiercely for you in court, as you face criminal charges. She will investigate the circumstances of your arrest, and may be able to have the charges thrown out if your rights were violated. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, contact the Tafoya Law Firm today at (303)813-1100.