Washington Marijuana DUI issues two years laterAlthough its been several years since the state of Washington passed the Washington Initiative 502 (I-502), making it legal to possess marijuana in small amounts, there remains serious legal issues for motorists who are arrested for a marijuana DUI. Legalization did not simplify the DUI process; instead, experts argue the issues surrounding the investigation of marijuana DUI arrests have substantially increased. With that in mind, lets take a closer look at what you need to know about marijuana DUI arrests in Washington.
Marijuana DUI Step #1 Contact a lawyerIf you have been arrested for a drug DUI its important that you contact a lawyer immediately. The DUI lawyer can review specifics about your case including:
- Did the police officer have probable cause to stop your car?
- Was the officer trained as a Drug Recognition Expert?
- Did the police officer have probable cause to make a drug DUI arrest?
- Were you informed about the changed Implied Consent Law under I-502?
- Did you understand what constituted a Refusal?
- Did the police officer have a warrant for the blood test?
- Did a licensed medical professional draw the blood?
- Was there a legal chain of custody for the blood?
Marijuana DUI Step #2 Before using marijuana understand the lawsBefore using marijuana and operating a vehicle its important to understand the drug laws. Just like alcohol, there are legal limits for marijuana use. For example, under I-502, the legal limit for THC is 5.00 nanograms. If you have ingested marijuana and are operating a motorized vehicle an officer can arrest you for marijuana DUI if they establish probable cause for the arrest. Common evidence includes:
- Red, water or glassy eyes
- Slow sluggish movements
- Slurred speech
- The odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.