Denver DUID Attorney
Accomplished Trial Lawyers Advocate for Your Right to Drive
If you choose to take advantage of legal marijuana in Colorado, you can still run afoul of the law, especially on public roads. The number of drivers arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, or DUID, in Colorado has skyrocketed since marijuana became legal.
- If you are arrested for DUID, you face the same potential penalties as a drunk driver:
- License suspension
- Higher insurance premiums
To give yourself a fighting chance to preserve your license and mitigate other damage, you need skilled and aggressive defense counsel. At The Orr Law Firm, our Denver DUI lawyers are determined to provide you with the highest-quality legal representation possible to achieve the best available outcome. As Colorado’s premier DUI/DUID defense firm, we are uncompromising in our fight to defend your rights.
How Much Pot Is too Much for the Road?
For decades, opponents of drunk driving have been educating the public about how many drinks it may take — depending on the type of alcoholic beverage, the person’s weight and elapsed time — for a driver to become legally impaired. But how many tokes, joints or bong hits does it take to reach the legal limit of five nanograms of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC (the main mind-altering ingredient in cannabis) in your blood?
Unfortunately, comparatively little has been done to educate pot users, and it’s not even clear if marijuana affects individuals in the same way that alcohol does. Further complicating matters is the fact that THC content in marijuana varies widely among different types of plants. It’s not like beverages that declare their alcohol content on the label.
There’s another difference between marijuana and alcohol that bears mentioning. Your system evacuates alcohol fairly quickly. But THC gets stored in your body’s fat cells, so it takes a longer time to dissipate. That makes a urine test for THC useless, because it may register the cumulative amount of THC in your system, not the amount that is active.
Challenging the Legal Limit of THC
Blood tests for THC are notoriously inaccurate. There’s also considerable evidence that smokers build up a tolerance for THC, so a habitual smoker with a THC reading above five nanograms may not be impaired at all. There has been a great deal of criticism of the DRE (drug recognition expert) training that officers receive to determine if a driver is under the influence of drugs. The program’s protocols rely too heavily on the biases of law enforcement officers to be useful in any kind of diagnostic sense.
All of these points provide an opportunity for an experienced Denver DUI defense attorney to challenge the charges against you. At the Orr Law Firm, we’re determined to use every legal tool at our disposal to protect your rights.
Contact a Skilled Denver DUID Defense Lawyer to Discuss Your Case
If you’re facing DUID charges in Colorado, get advice and counsel from the knowledgeable attorneys of The Orr Law Firm in Denver. We offer free initial phone consultations. Get started today by calling us at (720) 619-2676 or by contacting us online.