California Legalizes Marijuana
Recreational use of marijuana became legal under California law January 1, 2018.
The question is, will they regret it? The age old controversy rages on if this will be a public menace or will people use it responsibility while operating a motor vehicle. Will people smoke Marijuana or use edibles and drive under the influence? I think for most people, that is the major concern.
Even though Marijuana use is legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is a still a crime in California. In fact, law enforcement is likely to devote even more energy to enforcing California’s marijuana DUI laws, since “stoned driving” is expected to be more of a problem following the legalization of recreational marijuana.
What makes you guilty of driving drugged? You are guilty of Marijuana DUI if you drive a motor vehicle while your mental abilities are impaired by Marijuana, to the extent that you are unable to drive with the caution of a sober person using ordinary care.
Most cases of stoned driving are misdemeanors, but there are situations where it can also be charged as a felony. The penalties are different for each specific offense. Basic penalties for the most common charges include:
- Marijuana DUI 1st Offense (if no one was hurt):
3 days to 6 months in jail, heavy fines, license suspended for at least 4 months, 3 months of mandatory classes
- Marijuana DUI 2nd Offense (if no one was hurt):
4 days to 1 year in jail, heavy fines, license suspended for 2 years, 18-30 months of mandatory classes
- Marijuana DUI 3rd Offense (if no one was hurt):
months to 1 year in jail, heavy fines, license suspended for three years, 30 months of mandatory classes
If you are charged with driving under the influence of Marijuana, the Center of Solutions, LLC offers an evaluation to determine if you have a substance abuse addiction that you can take to court as part of your defense. We are finding that not all people who need a Marijuana evaluation are in need of treatment. Most people used poor judgment and got behind the wheel and drove impaired endangering themselves and those around them.
The Center of Solutions, LLC is here to help, offering the most up to date Marijuana evaluation. We can get you through the process quickly and professionally. No judgments, only professionally licensed therapists with years of experience trusted by the courts.