Around the country, more and more states are legalizing the use of recreational marijuana. Maryland will soon be among these states as marijuana becomes legal here in July. However, even though marijuana has become legal in some states, it is important to remember that driving while under the influence of marijuana is still illegal in every state.
Police conducting sobriety tests for driving while high
Since marijuana will soon be legal in Maryland, police are bringing awareness to the public that driving while high is dangerous and also illegal. Police said if they suspect a driver is under the influence of marijuana, they will do field sobriety tests just like they do for drunk driving stops. Officers noted that if drivers fail these tests, they will be arrested.
If a driver is arrested, he or she may also be subjected to drug tests once they get to the police station. According to police, drivers who are under the influence of marijuana and fail sobriety tests will be charged with a drug-related DUI and will be required to go through the court process. Penalties for a conviction can be severe, with offenders possibly serving anywhere from 60 days to one year in jail.
Help for those charged
Although a DUI charge can be concerning and frightening, it is not a conviction. Anyone in Maryland who has been charged with DUI has the right to meet with a legal representative who can help defend against these charges. Obtaining the services of a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney could prove imperative to one’s case and ensure that his or her legal rights are fully protected.