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Chicago Marijuana DUI Lawyer
Have you been accused of driving while using marijuana? You may have grounds for a defense when your Chicago marijuana DUI case goes to court.
Around the country, laws and opinions about weed are changing fast. Many states have legalized marijuana, making it easier for people to get it for medicinal and recreational purposes. The problem is, just like alcohol, it’s still illegal to use while driving.
At Chicago Trusted Attorneys™, we know how much an Illinois marijuana DUI can hurt your future. If you’re worried about the effects of your case on your future, reach out for guidance from a Chicago marijuana DUI lawyer before you go to court.
Marijuana DUI Testing Is Complicated
When you’re pulled over on suspicions of driving while intoxicated, you may expect to face a field sobriety test. You may also think you have a chance to simply refuse the test—what are they going to do, arrest you? In fact, they can.
Unfortunately, if you refuse to take the test, you could lose your license. Drivers give implied consent when they accept their license, which means it’s implied that you consent to testing. If you don’t, your license could be suspended.
The good news is, testing for marijuana isn’t as advanced as traditional DUI tests. That means your tests may not be as conclusive as Breathalyzers for alcohol, so talk to your lawyer about defending your case.
Penalties for Marijuana DUIs in Chicago
Accepting the penalties when you’re accused of smoking marijuana while driving can be as harsh as a DUI involving alcohol. The penalties could affect not just your freedom but also your finances and even your drivers license.
Worse, these penalties can get worse if this isn’t the first time you’ve been pulled over for a marijuana DUI. Chicago residents may face harsher penalties if they have been convicted of a marijuana DUI before. Some of those penalties for a first-time offense may include the following:
- Jail time up to one year
- Drivers license suspension for up to one year
- Maximum fines of $2,500
- Criminal record that could impact your future
Defending Your DUI Case in a Chicago Courtroom
When you’re in such a dire situation, you need experienced, aggressive legal aid on your side. The good news is, your lawyer is ready to help you defend your case.
For example, you may have grounds to defend your case because you may have been using marijuana regularly for some time. Because of this, any sobriety tests would have picked up the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in your system. But THC can last for months in your system, making it difficult to gauge whether you had used it recently.
Speak with a Marijuana DUI Lawyer in Chicago
When you’re accused of breaking the law, you may need legal aid to avoid those penalties. Instead of dealing with long-term penalties, you have the chance to work with a Chicago marijuana DUI lawyer. At Chicago Trusted Attorneys™, we’re ready to help you defend your case and get those penalties reduced or even dismissed. Give us a call at 312-519-3171 or fill out the online contact form below for legal aid.