Marijuana-related DUI charges can be severe. Without proper representation, it can be challenging to overcome the charges against you. However, with an experienced attorney, it is possible to overcome a marijuana-related DUI charge. The most critical first step one could take when facing a marijuana-related DUI charge is to contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. Several factors could lead to a case being dismissed, reduced charges, or even a not guilty verdict at trial.
Factors that Could Help Your Case
When a marijuana-related DUI charge or arrest is made, it is typically due to clues gathered from an officer.
Signs of someone operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana can include:
- The smell of marijuana
- Marijuana paraphernalia in the vehicle
- Not performing well in a field sobriety test
- Red, glossy eyes
What all of these "clues" have in common is that they are not concrete evidence. Instead, these clues are solely based upon officer testimony. The jury must trust that the officer's testimony is indeed accurate. For example, the jury must believe the officer's testimony that the individual had red eyes or smelled of marijuana.
Physical evidence is difficult for officers to provide in a marijuana-related DUI. Unlike alcohol, marijuana can show up on a blood test for days or even weeks after the drug is consumed. Therefore, even if an individual fails a marijuana blood test, it does not necessarily mean the driver was under the influence or had even consumed marijuana recently.
However, Utah legislation states that you may receive a metabolite DUI charge if marijuana shows up on a blood test.
An experienced attorney is knowledgeable about the types of evidence that are available to officers. Furthermore, the lack of physical evidence can be used to help you gain the best possible outcome for your case.
How Lokken & Putnam, P.C. Can Help
If you or someone you know was charged with marijuana-related DUI charges, it is crucial to contact an experienced Salt Lake City attorney at Lokken & Putnam P.C. as soon as possible for a case evaluation. Undergoing criminal charges can be a very stressful and confusing time for many people. At Lokken & Putnam, P.C., we understand the severity of marijuana-related DUI charges.
For these reasons, we make it our mission to be your advocate so you can receive the best outcome for your case.
Contact us today (801) 829-9783 for a case evaluation and let us help you get the results you deserve.