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Marijuana as a factor in impaired driving cases

Marijuana is no longer seen as a highly dangerous drug by many people in society. Despite that point, there are some very strict laws that still stand against this drug. One of these has to do with driving while you are under the influence of it. The law sets a standard of .08 percent blood alcohol concentration for individuals who have been drinking, but there isn't really a valid, legally agreed-upon measure for marijuana.

It isn't ever a good idea to get behind the wheel if you have been consuming marijuana. If your behavior suggests that you are impaired, you will likely face criminal charges. This is usually determined through a standardized field sobriety test.

Another issue that comes up when people are smoking marijuana is that some choose to use alcohol as well. This can further impair your ability to drive, which can also lead to criminal charges. In this case, the police officer might use the blood alcohol concentration testing to determine your state of impairment. If your result is above the legal limit, you are going to face an arrest.

When you are arrested for impaired driving, whether it is for alcohol, marijuana or another drug, you must start to look into your defense options right away. You need to start thinking about your strategy so that you have a clear plan going into the court process. You may face a criminal proceeding and an administrative one for the same incident. Both of these require a strategy to address. Working with someone familiar with impaired driving charges can be beneficial as you embark on this process.

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