Marijuana DUII Attorney
Trial-Tested Cannabis Defense in Oregon - Call (541) 667-9567
In Oregon, a person can be charged with a marijuana-related Driving Under
the Influence of Intoxicants or “DUII” based on a urine test
and the report of a law enforcement officer certified as a “Drug
Recognition Expert”. There are many factors that are important to
consider when analyzing marijuana-related DUII charges. People in Oregon
that are facing Marijuana DUII charges should consult an attorney that
has extensive criminal defense experience and who understands the latest
science regarding cannabis impairment.
Since 2014 when cannabis was legalized for adult use in Oregon, state and
local police agencies have increased enforcement efforts regarding Marijuana
DUII’s. Society expects police to arrest and charge people who are
driving under the influence of alcohol and controlled substances. However,
because cannabis stays in the system much longer than other drugs, there
will be people who test positive for inactive THC metabolites in their
urine, even after prolonged abstinence from cannabis use.
This leaves the potential for many people to get caught up in the DUII
net, even if they are not impaired.
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol vs. "Impairment" from Cannabis
There is also the issue of recent use and how much it takes to be “impaired”
by or “under the influence” of cannabis. Most people can have
a glass of wine or beer at dinner and not be under the influence of alcohol.
Frequent users of cannabis can develop a tolerance that greatly reduces
the actual impairment of coordination and other skills necessary for driving.
This is much different than alcohol, where even the most tolerant start
to show hand-eye coordination deficiencies above .08 BAC.
There is no equivalent breath test to determine current cannabis levels
like there is with alcohol. Blood tests for active THC metabolites, like
used in Colorado and Washington, are the most accurate way of determining
the actual presence of active THC in the system. Still, people with a
high tolerance for THC have passed standard driving tests with extremely
elevated levels of active THC metabolites. Marijuana DUII cases require
an attorney who understands the nuances of the science behind these issues.
Why Choose Our Cannabis & Marijuana DUII Lawyer?
Michael R. Hughes is an experienced criminal defense trial lawyer and an
expert regarding all things cannabis. He is currently offering
discounted half-hour consults with those charged with or facing potential DUII charges related to cannabis.
Your case may have issues that Mr. Hughes can raise in the pre-trial stages
or at trial. You may qualify for a diversion program that would keep the
matter off your record. With
18 years of trial experience, he can review the facts of your case and help you decide the most prudent
course of action. He is also offering
affordable flat-fee rates for handling marijuana-related DUII cases in Oregon.
Call (541) 667-9567 today to schedule your consultation with a dedicated
defense attorney today!