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Knoxville DUI Marijuana Lawyer

Union County driving under the influence of marijuana lawyer

Defend Marijuana DUI Charges With Our Experienced Tennessee Criminal Attorney

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense in Tennessee, and that includes driving under the influence of marijuana. While the use of marijuana for medical and/or recreational purposes is legal in some states, it remains illegal for recreational use in Tennessee. If you are arrested for DUI involving marijuana, you could face serious consequences, including fines, license suspension, probation, mandatory drug counseling programs, and even jail time.

Tennessee Laws on Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

Tennessee law sets strict limits on the amount of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) that can be present in a driver's system. Even if you have legally used medical marijuana outside of driving hours or consumed it days before getting behind the wheel, any presence of THC can be used as evidence against you to prove impaired driving.

The effects of marijuana on driving ability include slower reaction times, impaired coordination and judgment, decreased concentration, distorted perception of time and space, and increased risk-taking behavior. These impairments significantly increase the likelihood of an accident.

DUI Penalties Involving Marijuana

In Tennessee, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers 21 and older is 0.08 percent. However, there is not yet a set limit for THC concentration levels. This means that any detectable level of THC can result in a DUI arrest if officers believe your ability to drive has been impaired due to marijuana use.

If convicted of driving under the influence of marijuana, first-time offenders may face:

  • Fines ranging from $350-$1,000
  • A minimum jail sentence of no more than two days and a maximum sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days
  • Revocation of driving privileges, with a restricted license available
  • The requirement to complete an alcohol or drug treatment program

Repeat offenders or drivers who are involved in accidents that result in serious injury or death while under the influence of marijuana will face even harsher penalties. These can include:

  • Higher fines that may range from $600 to $15,000 depending on a person's total number of DUI convictions
  • Longer jail sentences that can extend up to one year
  • Being designated as a habitual traffic offender

How We Can Help You

If you are facing charges related to DUI involving marijuana in Tennessee, it is crucial to seek legal counsel from an experienced attorney who has extensive knowledge of the options for defense in these types of cases. The skilled team at Jeffrey Coller, Knoxville Criminal Defense Attorney understands the complexities associated with these matters, and we will fight tirelessly on your behalf.

Our trusted attorneys have extensive knowledge of Tennessee DUI laws, including the unique factors involved in marijuana-related offenses. We work diligently to build a strong defense by examining all aspects of your case, including:

  • Evidence review: We will meticulously review all evidence obtained during your arrest, including field sobriety test results (which are often subjective) as well as blood or urine test reports. Our goal is to identify any errors in the testing procedures that could undermine their accuracy.
  • Possible defenses: We explore all potential ways that we may be able to challenge the prosecution's case against you. These may include a lack of probable cause to initiate a traffic stop or a violation of constitutional rights during the arrest and interrogation process.
  • Negotiation skills: In some cases, negotiating a plea agreement may be a viable option. Our experienced negotiators can work with prosecutors to obtain reduced charges or minimal sentences whenever possible.
  • Courtroom representation: When negotiations fail to produce a favorable outcome, we can put our courtroom experience to work to defend you before a judge and/or jury. We will present compelling arguments and evidence with the purpose of securing an acquittal or minimizing penalties.
  • Dedicated support: Throughout the legal process, we strive to provide our clients with compassionate support. We understand that facing DUI charges can be emotionally challenging, which is why we prioritize open communication and are always available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.

Contact Our Knoxville Marijuana DUI Attorneys

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana in Tennessee, it is important to act quickly and obtain experienced legal representation. The consequences of a conviction can have a significant impact on your life, affecting your employment prospects, reputation, financial stability, personal relationships, and freedom.

At Jeffrey Coller, Knoxville Criminal Defense Attorney, we will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and help mitigate the negative consequences associated with these charges. Contact us at 865-281-1000 today to schedule a free consultation.

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