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Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana in Washtenaw County

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana in Washtenaw County.jpgDriving under the influence of marijuana in Washtenaw County is a crime. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, contact my law office for a consultation. Read on to learn more about the laws regarding driving under the influence of marijuana in Washtenaw County, Michigan and how I can help possibly have the charge asserted against you reduced or your case dismissed. 

Consuming Over-the-Counter Medication Impairs Driving Skills

yay-3489229.jpgYou are feeling flu-like symptoms at work. During your break, you decide to take some Nyquil to help you get through the remaining of the day. You consume more than the recommended dosage in hopes that it will have you feeling better in no time. Your condition worsens so you decide to leave work early and drive home to lay down. While driving home, you accidentally run a stop sign and a cop pulls you over. The cop observes your flushed face and notices that you begin sweating when he asks you a series of questions. Though you deny drinking any alcohol, he asks you to step out of the car to perform field sobriety tests. By this point in time, you feel dizzy and faint. You fail the field sobriety tests and the cop takes a breathalyzer test. Unbeknownst to you, the Nyquil that you consumed has certain ingredients in it that inhibits the accuracy of breathalyzer readings. Before you know it, you are being arrested and booked for drunk driving.

Can I Be Fired for A DUI Conviction in Michigan?

drunkdrivingjobtermination.jpgMy clients often ask me if "Can I be fired if convicted of drunk driving in Michigan?" Many of my client's cases are dismissed due to a lack of evidence presented for prosecution or through plea bargaining in which they agree to a lesser charge to avoid harsher penalties. However, throughout my career as a criminal defense attorney, I have heard about people losing their jobs or being placed on paid/unpaid administrative leave due to being charged or convicted of drunk driving.

The Development of Marijuana Breathalyzers

breathalyzer.jpgAs more states pass legislation to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, law enforcement agencies are looking to catch stoned drivers. New tools are currently being developed in the U.S. and internationally to detect people driving under the influence of marijuana.

Drugged Driving vs. Drunk Driving

Thumbnail image for Drinking-Driving-1060262.jpgMost Americans constantly hear messages discussing the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and texting while driving. Currently, the growing problem of drugged driving has also come to the forefront of discussion. Not only is drugged driving illegal in Michigan, serious criminal repercussions will arise for individuals if convicted. Read on to learn more.

Michigan Drugged Driving Bill Signed Into Law

Drinking-Driving-348752.jpgA new law aimed to curb drugged driving was recently signed by Michigan State Governor Rick Snyder. The law stems from an accident involving two young men, Russell Ward and Koby Raymo. In July 2013, the two men were struck by a drugged driver, Lisa Berman, who had been pulled over six times in five years for drugged driving. Upon arrest, police officers did not know that the drugged driver had previous offenses because there was no information entered into any law enforcement database. Berman was later sentenced to 25 to 50 years for the deaths of the young men.