Felony Attorney Fairfax, VA
Marijuana use for medicinal and/or recreational purposes has become legal in numerous states across the U.S. in recent years. However, this shift in policy does not mean that marijuana use is legal for all persons and in all contexts. For example, it is still illegal for minors to use marijuana and it is still illegal for drivers to have a certain level of marijuana in their systems while they are operating their vehicles. Just as it is illegal to drive with a level of alcohol in one’s blood that suggests one may be impaired, so it is illegal to drive with an amount of marijuana in one’s blood that suggests one is impaired. As this area of law is still evolving, the threshold for what level of marijuana in the blood suggests impairment still varies from state to state and circumstance to circumstance. As a result, it is important to consult with an experienced Fairfax, Virginia felony attorney if you have questions and/or you have been cited for driving under the influence of marijuana. In some situations, any trace of marijuana at all could result in a DWI charge, while in other situations, a higher concentration must be present before criminal consequences may be imposed.
Driving After Marijuana Use – The Basics
It is important to contact an experienced Fairfax, VA felony attorney if you are a marijuana user and have questions about what levels of marijuana in your blood may get you cited for marijuana use. It is also important to speak with an attorney immediately if you have been cited for driving while impaired. The criminal consequences associated with an impaired driving conviction may be severe. If you need to drive in order to work, your livelihood may be threatened by such a conviction. And anyone convicted of impaired driving may face fines, community service requirements and even jail time. Driving while impaired is not a reality to be taken lightly. It should be treated seriously and with focused intention. Seeking experienced legal guidance from a Fairfax, VA felony attorney will help you to achieve that end.
It is also important to understand that no matter what, you should avoid driving with marijuana in your system if you have kids in your car. Even if you are a medical marijuana patient and even if you only have traces of the drug in your blood, you could potentially be charged with child endangerment. If you and your child’s other parent are no longer together and you drive with your child in the car (with traces of marijuana in your blood), this reality could even impact your child custody arrangement. Do not risk this outcome.
Criminal Defense Guidance Is Available
If you have questions about driving while impaired by the use of marijuana or you have recently been cited with a related charge, please do not hesitate to contact an experienced Fairfax, VA criminal attorney today. Even in states where medical and/or recreational marijuana use is legal, you may be cited for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of this drug. However, it is important to understand that you may be able to work with an attorney to prevent a citation from occurring, to mount a successful defense to an existing citation or to mitigate any potential consequences associated with this kind of citation. The sooner you act, the more time you will have to work with your Fairfax, VA felony attorney to construct a legal strategy that is as strong as possible. So, please do not wait. Connect with Dave Albo – Attorney today.