South Jersey Marijuana DUI Lawyers
Skilled South Jersey Marijuana DUI Lawyers Successfully Represent Those Facing Marijuana DUI Charges In Camden County, Burlington County, and Gloucester County, New Jersey
In February of 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law three bills that change the legal status of marijuana in the state. These laws went into effect immediately, legalizing “regulated cannabis” for adults and decriminalizing marijuana and hashish. With the legalization of marijuana come more pointed questions regarding exactly what is legal and what is not. Driving while under the influence (DUI) of marijuana is not legal in the State of New Jersey. In fact, marijuana DUI is a serious traffic offense, with penalties imposed for a conviction. The skilled South Jersey marijuana DUI lawyers at Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC have extensive experience successfully representing clients facing marijuana DUI charges in Camden County, Burlington County, and Gloucester County, New Jersey. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Understanding New Jersey’s DUI Marijuana Laws
In New Jersey, it is a serious motor vehicle offense to drive under the influence (DUI) of marijuana. Penalties for marijuana DUI are similar to those that govern driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.10% or more. Specifically, New Jersey’s marijuana DUI penalties are as follows:
- Fine of $300 to $500
- Jail time of up to 30 days
- Required participation at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center for a period of 12 to 48 hours, with a minimum of two consecutive days and at least six hours per day
- Suspension of your drivers’ license for a period of seven months to one year
- Mandatory insurance surcharge of $1,000 per year for a three year period
A marijuana DUI conviction has an additional impact on your life outside of the above penalties. You could see an increase in your auto insurance premiums or a cancellation of your policy, could have difficulty obtaining employment, and could suffer other collateral consequences.
Dedicated South Jersey Marijuana DUI Lawyers Aggressively Defend Clients Facing Charges In Camden County, Burlington County, and Gloucester County, New Jersey
When you or a loved one has been charged with marijuana DUI, the best way to successfully defend the charge against you is to present a solid, strategic defense. And at Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC, our dedicated South Jersey marijuana DUI lawyers do just that. Our dedicated legal team reviews the evidence the prosecutor has against you, conducts an investigation of the charge, and conducts interviews if appropriate.
The marijuana DUI attorneys at Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC prepare an aggressive defense of the charges brought against you, which may incorporate any number of legal defense strategies such as:
- Investigating probable cause for the traffic stop
- Challenging the probable cause regarding suspicion of marijuana DUI
- Casting doubt on the reliability of the law enforcement Drug Recognition Expert and his/her observations at the time of the traffic stop
- Challenging testimony that alleges you were observed while under the influence of marijuana
- Presenting expert witnesses to challenge the drug testing methods used in your case
To be convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were impaired from marijuana use to a level that rendered you unable to safely operate the vehicle. To learn more about how the skilled marijuana DUI attorneys at Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC vigorously defend our clients charged with marijuana DUI, schedule a free confidential consultation with a member of our team.
How Marijuana Can Impair Your Ability To Drive
Marijuana can impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle in several ways, including the following:
- Slowed reaction time
- Impaired concentration and lower attention span
- Increased hyper-focus and decreased focus on other elements that are critical to driving
- Difficulty judging physical distance due to altered depth perception
Anything that impairs your ability to operate a vehicle — whether that is marijuana, alcohol, or texting while driving — puts you and others at risk on the road.
Do You Have Questions About A Marijuana Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Charge In New Jersey? Schedule A Free, No-Obligation Consultation With Our Experienced South Jersey Marijuana DUI Lawyers
When you are facing a criminal charge such as a driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana offense, you likely have numerous questions regarding your rights, what comes next in the criminal process, what your legal options are, and how a criminal defense attorney can help. Let us answer those questions for you. At Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC, our experienced South Jersey marijuana DUI lawyers offer a free, no-obligation consultation — schedule your confidential consultation today.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Driving Under the Influence Of (DUI) Marijuana Criminal Offenses In South Jersey
Yes. While you may be a licensed medical marijuana user, you are prohibited from operating or being in control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana under the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act. So while it is legal for you to consume marijuana, it is illegal for you to then get behind the steering wheel to go for a drive while under the influence of marijuana.
No. Because DUI is a motor vehicle offense in New Jersey, once you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana, the prosecutor is obligated to move forward with your case in court. However, if you are convicted you will not have a criminal record, but having a conviction for DUI on your record can have serious consequences other than a criminal record. If you have questions about marijuana DUI, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced marijuana DUI attorney at Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC.