The Ins and Outs of Marijuana DWIs

Marijuana DWIs - Austin

Tagged with: Dwi Criminal Law

Posted on: August 18, 2015

An officer arresting a driver for driving under the influence of marijuanaWhen it comes to serious marijuana crimes, most people might not even think to include driving under the influence of marijuana on the list. However, marijuana DWIs in Austin and throughout Texas are treated the same as any other type of DWI. They can seriously compromise your freedom and your rights, costing you money, time, and dignity. Worse still, unlike alcohol DWIs, you can be charged with a marijuana DWI/DUI even if you weren’t high at the time you were operating your vehicle. If you were involved in an auto accident and THC is detected in your blood or urine, you can be charged with a DWI.

This is why it is so important to secure the representation of a skilled, experienced DWI attorney. Jason Trumpler has the resources, wherewithal, tenacity, and history of success to represent you if you have been charged with a marijuana DWI. He can help you reach the best possible outcome in your case, and possibly even have your charges dismissed altogether.

Don’t delay. Time is of the essence when it comes to preserving your precious freedom. Arrange for an evaluation of your marijuana DWI case today.

About Marijuana DWIs

When most people think of DWIs, chances are they immediately think of alcohol. However, it is illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence of any substance that can impair one’s mental or physical faculties, whether it is alcohol, a prescription medication, or an illegal drug. There are no exceptions to this rule.

When drivers are pulled over for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, they will usually be tested for alcohol consumption first. If there is no evidence of alcohol consumption, or the driver does not blow over the legal limit on the breathalyzer test, the officer will usually begin searching for signs of intoxication by means of another substance. A drug recognition expert may be called onto the scene, and a series of tests may be initiated to determine whether the driver is under the influence of drugs, as well as which drugs he or she may have taken.

In truth, however, an officer may order a blood or urine test if he or she smells or sees marijuana or observes behavior consistent with marijuana use. Such tests can indicate the presence of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in the body even after the effects of the drug have subsided. The driver can therefore be charged with a DWI even though he or she was not actually intoxicated at the time of his or her arrest.

Jason Trumpler has built his career on aggressively defending the rights of drivers who have been improperly charged with DWI. If you have been charged with a marijuana DWI, he can help you avoid such penalties as:

  • Between $2,000 and $10,000 in fines, depending on whether this is your first, second, or third offense.
  • Up to ten years in prison, if this is your third offense.
  • Up to one to two years of license suspension, depending on whether this is your first, second, or third offense.

Learn More about Marijuana DWIs

To learn more about marijuana DWIs, please contact The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, P.C. today.

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