Experienced Attorney Providing Legal Defense for Marijuana DUI in Colorado
Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado on January 1, 2014, the Colorado Department of Transportation has stepped up its outreach efforts in an attempt to curb drugged driving. As drugs can have a significant impact on a person’s motor skills or judgment in much smaller doses than a serving of alcohol, recent legislation in Colorado has put a limit on the amount of marijuana a driver may have in their system. Specifically, drivers found to have blood levels of five (5) or more nanograms of tetrahydrycannabinol (THC) are considered to be driving under the influence (DUI).
Drugged driving is defined as driving under the influence of any psychoactive or mind-altering drug. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 9.9 million people living in the United States reported driving under the influence of illegal drugs, which it believes is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Colorado Department of Transportation warns that Colorado law enforcement officers may also base arrests on “observed impairment,” regardless of the level of THC in the driver’s blood. While this may seem to mirror law enforcement’s efforts to curb driving under the influence of alcohol, it is not quite so simple with marijuana.
If you were arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana in Colorado Springs, please contact Christian Schwaner now, your attorney for DUI Marijuana in Colorado Springs. If you aren’t yet ready to speak with Christian about your case, please browse the articles below to educate yourself on your situation.