Have you been charged with marijuana crimes? This can be a scary time. You may be facing some serious consequences. A Rochester criminal defense attorney can guide you through your options.
Marijuana Crimes | Marijuana DWI Charge
A common charge for Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs involves the use of marijuana. There is no test that the police can perform consistent with a breath test like you do with a Driving While Intoxicated. The police officers would rely upon their observations of you. Again, in this case, you would probably need to have a Drug Recognition Expert brought in, someone who is specifically trained with how to detect whether or not someone was under the influence of marijuana while driving.
Marijuana Crimes | Marijuana Possession
By far the most common charge for drug possession involves the possession of marijuana. The severity of this charge is going to depend upon how much marijuana you had, whether or not you’ve had prior arrests or convictions for marijuana, and whether or not you were in possession of it with the intent to sell it or with the intent to use it yourself. Many times we’re able to have that case disposed of with a non-criminal disposition, although it might require that you have a drug and alcohol evaluation done and if there are any treatment recommendations, follow those treatment recommendations. If you are able to do that, many times once you’ve completed that then the charge will be reduced to a non-criminal conviction.
Marijuana Crimes | DWAI by Marijuana
In addition to Driving While Intoxicated under the influence of alcohol, you could be arrested for driving while under the influence of marijuana. The law refers to that as a Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs. Typically there is an officer who is specially trained in determining whether or not you are under the influence of drugs. This officer, many times, is different from the officer who would have the ability to determine whether or not you are intoxicated. This person is typically referred to as a Drug Recognition Expert, and they’re specifically trained to detect whether not that person is impacted by the use of drugs as opposed to alcohol.
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