Have You Been Charged With a Marijuana DUI

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Dec 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

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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
  • Exercise
  • 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.

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About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.


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