Charged with Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana?
Tomeo Sills, LLC: 45 Years of Combined Experience
Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in Connecticut and
a crime that is treated with severity,
even in cases where an individual is registered as a medical marijuana user. However, unlike cases involving alcohol, for which a limit is set, toxicology
reports for marijuana use can only indicate if the substance is in an
individual’s system, rather than how much or how recently it was
used. Despite the limited capabilities of law enforcement to determine
if an individual’s mental or physical faculties are impaired, this
crime carries severe penalties.
First Conviction: First-time offenders face a fine of up to $1,000, a mandatory minimum
of 48 hours in jail and up to 6 months, in addition to mandatory time
served. A judge may also order probation and up to 100 hours of community service.
Second Conviction: If convicted for a second offense within a period of ten years, defendants
face a fine of up to $4,000, a mandatory minimum of 120 days in prison
and up to 2 years, in addition to mandatory time served. Probation and
up to 100 hours of community service may also be ordered by a judge.
Third and Subsequent Convictions: Third and subsequent convictions may lead to increased penalties, including
higher fines and prison time, but may additionally result in a judge permanently
revoking the violator’s driver’s license.
In addition to the aforementioned penalties, a judge may order offenders
to take a mandatory alcohol treatment or education program. As part of
a condition of probation, an offender may have to partake in a victim
impact panel program, wherein victims of such offenses relate their experiences
and the impact such crimes had on their lives.
Hire an Experienced & Trusted Attorney to Represent You
Many of the tests police officers use to determine an individual’s
mental sobriety, such as reciting the alphabet backwards, are often inaccurate
and difficult for even a sober person to perform. Proving a marijuana
DUI case is not as easy as it is to prove one involving alcohol. There
are no immediate tests to measure THC levels, which makes it near impossible
to determine when a driver took marijuana.
Steven Tomeo is a member of the National College for DUI Defense. His knowledge regarding
DUI laws and field sobriety tests can be valuable assets in building a
strong defense for your case. If you have been arrested for a DUI under
the suspicion of marijuana use, you deserve to have top-notch DUI representation.
We will do everything possible to protect your driving privileges and
secure the most favorable outcome possible.
Contact our firm today for a free consultation at (844) 913-7747.