The laws governing the possession and use of marijuana are always changing. These changes can cause many drivers to believe that is legal to use this substance behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. However, it is illegal to consume intoxicating substances and drive a vehicle, even in states that have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use.
Although it is now legal to use cannabis in Pennsylvania for medical reasons, it is against the law to drive under the drug’s influence even if you have been issued a medical marijuana ID card. While it is typically challenging for the authorities to prove drugged driving in many cases, it is still important to create a good criminal defense to strengthen your legal position.
If you are wondering what kind of defense will work best for you, let’s look at three of the most effective defenses against drugged driving:
Improper testing: Often it is possible to beat charges of drugged driving if you can show that your sobriety test was not administered or handled properly by authorities.
Invalid traffic stop: If you can prove that the arresting officer lacked “reasonable suspicion” to stop your vehicle, you might be able to escape a conviction.
Involuntary intoxication: In some cases, it might be possible to show the authorities that you did not know you had consumed an intoxicating substance.
An experienced Pennsylvania DUI attorney can explain these potential defenses and other possible legal options based on your individual situation. Then you can determine together how best to deal with the charges against you. If you would like to schedule a consultation with a DUI attorney, contact the Quinn Law Firm at 814-833-2222.