Tempe Marijuana DUI Lawyer
Generally, most people relate DUI to consuming alcohol and then driving a motor vehicle while impaired, or with an alcohol concentration above the legal limit of .08%. However, DUI charges in Arizona can also result from the use of prescription or illegal drugs. Moreover, and due to the legalization of marijuana, police in the greater Phoenix area are keeping a close lookout for people who may be impaired by marijuana while driving a car.
In contrast to alcohol, there is no legal limit concerning the level of THC in your system and the potential for being arrested and prosecuted for a marijuana related DUI. Consequently, police will examine your driving behavior, statements about marijuana use, performance on a variety of field sobriety tests and the results of a blood or urine test to support a DUI charge. Therefore it is important to be aware of a number of issues related to marijuana use and operating a vehicle.
What Tests Are Used to Detect Marijuana in Your System?
With respect to DUI, police and prosecutors are interested to know if and how much Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC may be in your system. Although THC can be detected in a variety of ways, including saliva, hair follicle, blood and urine testings, prosecutions for a marijuana related DUI will always involve the results of a blood or urine test. Without a blood or urine test, it will be impossible for prosecutors to show that you had THC in your system and should be convicted of a DUI.
How Long Does THC Stay in Your System?
Active THC is the chemical which is alleged to cause impairment. Consequently, it is important to know how long THC remains in your system so that you can avoid being stopped, arrested for and prosecuted for DUI.
The length of time THC is detected in you system depends on whether you are an occasional or regular smoker. Although the effects of marijuana use can last between one and six hours, THC can potentially be detected long after symptoms of ingestion disappear. Most medical journals note that THC will be detected in a "first time user" for about three days while regular marijuana smokers will test positive for approximately one week. People who smoke on a daily basis can expect to have THC detected in their system for up to thirty days.
What Influences How Long THC Remains in Your System?
The length of time THC can be detected in your system is dependent upon how long your body takes to metabolize it. There are a number of factors which can affect the length of time THC can be detected after you have last used marijuana. These factors include:
- The strength of the THC
- The amount of marijuana consumed
- Whether you are male or female
- Your body fat percentage
- How hydrated or dehydrated you may be
Can You Eliminate THC From Your System?
The short answer is no. It is generally not possible to purposefully cause THC to be eliminated from you system. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, low body fat percentage and staying hydrated may help, However, you cannot really increase your metabolism rate for the purpose of fully eliminating marijuana from your system.
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If you, a family member or friend has been arrested for a misdemeanor marijuana DUI offense in Arizona, it is important that you immediately begin working with a qualified DUI attorney who can effectively represent you in the court of law and take necessary steps to protect your driver's license. A DUI offense requires an aggressive and experienced lawyer who can recognize all of the issues and work effectively to achieve a favorable result. Attorney Raymond Kimble will have a clear understanding of all the circumstances in your case, along with the knowledge, skill and experience to obtain the best possible outcome for you.