As the laws regarding marijuana continue to change in many states, police stops will change as well. Both drunk driving and drugged driving charges are extremely serious. If you or someone close to you has been charged with a DWI in New Jersey, you need to consult a diligent and hard-working New Jersey drugged driving lawyer who can assess the merits of your case. We are committed to protecting your rights at every step of the way.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found a 50 percent increase in the number of drivers with marijuana in their system between the years of 2007 and 2014. The NHTSA conducted its first far-reaching study to analyze collision risks related to drug and alcohol use in 2015. The study found those with THC in their system were 1.25 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident. However, when taking into account age, gender, ethnicity, and alcohol use, the rise in accident risk with the presence of marijuana was inconsequential.
If the governor-elect follows through on his campaign promise to legalize marijuana, police will have to deal with significant changes when it comes to DWI stops in 2018. Among other things, one of law enforcement’s main concerns is the lack of a reliable field test for marijuana. There is no roadside test comparable to the Alcotest used for alcohol. As a result, testing for marijuana in New Jersey typically involves taking a urine sample from the defendant and sending it to the New Jersey State Police lab for analysis. In addition, most tests can show the presence of metabolized THC in urine or blood, but proving exactly when the drug was ingested is still not entirely possible.