Oakland County Drug Crime Lawyer
In the state of Michigan, a person can be charged with DUI if it is found that they were operating a vehicle under the effect of a controlled substance, or Schedule 1 drug, which includes marijuana.
A person can be charged with a DUI for driving under the influence of substances such as:
- Prescription drugs (such as Vicodin)
If convicted of drugged driving, a person can be subject to harsh penalties such as expensive fines, community service and jail time.
Marijuana and Drugged Driving in Michigan
Excluding medical marijuana use, Michigan enforces Zero Tolerance Per Se laws, which means that a person can be charged for having even the slightest trace of a drug in their system.
The problem with this is that marijuana's active ingredient, Tetrahydrocannabinol, (THC) can remain in the user's blood stream many days after the marijuana joint was consumed. So if you smoked marijuana on Monday and were stopped and tested by police officer on Wednesday, you could be charged with drugged driving if THC is detected in your blood or urine sample.
The difficulty is that while some substances, such as cocaine, remain in the user system for a relatively short period of time, other drugs such as marijuana can remain much longer. There are important legal differences between marijuana's active ingredient THC and it's in active ingredient that can make the difference between innocence and guilt.
These laws are convenient for law enforcement but infringe upon the rights of the innocent. If you have been charged with drugged driving, be it for marijuana or another substance, it is highly advisable that you speak to Oakland County drug crime lawyer Emily Long who can inform you about your rights.
How Long Law PLLC Can Help
If you are currently facing drugged driving charges, you need the ethical and experienced representation of a drug crime lawyer such as Attorney Emily Long. Ms. Long draws from her experience as a
accomplished and aggressive advocate to create the best defense strategy for each one of her clients. She knows exactly the kind of arguments and tactics the prosecutor will use against you and can prepare accordingly. Her
strong trial litigation skills and
in-depth knowledge regarding drug crimes make her the kind of criminal defense attorney you need at your side.
For qualified and fearless legal representation, contact Long Law PLLC