With more and more states allowing the recreational and medical use of marijuana and other cannabis products, being able to detect when a driver is high has become a priority for many law enforcement agencies around the country. While roadside tests that can detect the presence of alcohol on a driver’s breath have been available for decades, developing a similar test for marijuana has proved elusive.
This may change soon, however, if an article published in Analytical Chemistry is accurate. Researchers at Stanford University in California claim that they have developed a system that will allow law enforcement to determine whether a driver has been using marijuana through a saliva sample. The system will use a portable sensor and a smartphone, according to the authors of the study.
Driving High can Lead to Serious Criminal Penalties
Driving under the influence of marijuana is a crime in the state of New Jersey. It can result in significant penalties, including the following:
- Significant fines
- Community service
- Drug and alcohol classes
- Jail time
In addition, any drug-related offense can make it extremely difficult to get a job, rent an apartment, get financial aid for school, or even purchase a home. For this reason, it is critical for anyone accused of driving under the influence of marijuana to retain a skilled attorney as soon as possible.
An Attorney Can Often Help Mitigate the Consequences Associated with DWI Case
Fortunately, there are often various legal defenses available if you have been accused of driving under the influence of marijuana or other drugs. Some of the most common include the following:
- Arguing that there was no legal justification for the initial traffic stop
- Establishing that there were problems with the way that any chemical testing or your blood your urine was conducted
- Introducing evidence that shows that any signs of intoxication that were perceived by the arresting officer were actually the result of a medical condition
Importantly, even if there are no defenses available in your case, an attorney can still help resolve your case as favorably as possible by negotiating a plea agreement with the prosecutor handling your case or making sure that you are able to enter a diversionary program that allows you to avoid a conviction.
Call (732) 204-7387 today for more information.
If you have been accused of drunk or drugged driving in New Jersey, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. With more than 27 years of experience practicing law in New Jersey, criminal defense attorney David Barry understands how to handle DWI cases and protect your future. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 732-204-7387.