Arizona’s legalization of recreational marijuana has created a host of confusion and changes for both law enforcement and the public.
Since Arizona passed the historic Proposition 207 this last November, businesses, citizens, and law enforcement have been trying to adjust to new rules and many gray areas of the law. One area of law that has not changed since Prop 207 is DUI law. If someone is found to have marijuana in their system and seems to be found under the influence while operating a vehicle, they will be arrested and charged.
According to this article: “A traffic stop for a marijuana-related DUI will usually start like an alcohol-related one, but a breathalyzer for marijuana isn’t commonly available for law enforcement, so officers need other ways to detect drugs in a suspect’s system.
Often, a drug recognition expert gets called out, and if it’s determined the driver is impaired, marijuana DUI investigations in Arizona require a blood test.”
Law enforcement are going to great lengths to adjust to the legalization of marijuana and DUI laws, which means you should be extra careful with consuming it before driving. Make sure you are also educated on the right way to act during a DUI stop, and how to protect your rights.
If you or a loved one has been arrested or incarcerated for a DUI or a marijuana-related crime, call us toll-free at 833-854-8181, or visit one of our offices out of Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, or Tempe, AZ.
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