Protecting Your Future After A Marijuana DWI
Marijuana is legally permissible in Arkansas for medical use. However, driving after its influence, as well as the influence of other illegal or prescription drugs can lead to a DWI charge.
Marijuana slows your reaction time, affects your peripheral vision and decision-making abilities, increasing your chances of accident. Therefore, marijuana DWI penalties are severe and can greatly impact your future if unaddressed. The sobriety test necessary to adequately evaluate impairment due to marijuana or other drugs is complicated and often not even understood by law enforcement. Knowing how to evaluate the accuracy of the officer’s test can be the difference between jail and your freedom.
If you are charged with marijuana DWI, call out Hot Springs office at 501-623-9800 to protect your future.
How Is Marijuana Influence Measured?
After you are pulled over by police, they will look for common signs of marijuana consumption such as red eyes, fast breathing and dilated pupils. If they notice any of these symptoms, they may request more definitive testing with a blood, urine or saliva test to look for the presence of THC. It is not illegal to refuse a blood test without a valid warrant. Refusal to submit to other chemical testing results in automatic license suspension.
If THC is detected, you may face significant penalties that could include jail time, fines, license suspension, and required drug education classes. If you have been convicted of DWIs in the past, or caused an accident while under the influence, you may be charged with a felony.
How Can An Attorney Help?
Tapp Law Firm can carefully analyze the circumstances of your incident and the testing methods used to determine your DWI. In Arkansas, all DWI cases require a finding of guilt or a trial on the merits. We work with you to win your case.
Tylar Tapp is an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer and has practiced locally since 1998. This experience means he understands the local courts and the best strategies to employ to support your case.
Contact Our Firm For The Defense You Need
A drug DWI is serious and should be handled by an experienced attorney. If you face charges, call 501-623-9800 to schedule a free case evaluation. You may also contact our firm online. We carefully evaluate all aspects of a case and offer strategic counsel.