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How Do Colorado Police Test Drivers for Marijuana?

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Denver DUI Attorney Explains Faults of Marijuana Testing

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Due to the way that marijuana works in the body, especially in habitual users, proving impairment in marijuana DUIs can be dubious.

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]In this video, Colorado drugged driving attorney Jake Johnson explains the shaky science behind marijuana blood testing and how an attorney can help people in Denver accused of driving under the influence of marijuana fight their charges.
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[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]If they think that you’re under the influence of marijuana as opposed to alcohol, they’re going to tell you, “You can only do a blood test.” Going into a blood test, they’re going to take you to a fire station, a police station, somewhere like that, maybe a hospital, somewhere that’s safe and secure, take you there to do a blood test. There’s some protocols that they have to go through, very particular protocols they’ve been trained on. They’ll go through, they’ll draw two vials of blood. One of those vials is for the police, one of those vials is actually for you. You’re actually entitled to have that re-tested by your own independent laboratory so that you can really verify their results to make sure that it’s coming out accurate.

So, the fundamental problem with marijuana DUIs is that there are quite a few people that will smoke a few days beforehand, and I think most people are aware that the way marijuana works in your body is that it tends to stick around. Particularly for people who use marijuana frequently or heavily, it’s very possible that they could use marijuana the day before, even a month before and they could still have it in their system. So when that causes problems is when somebody gets pulled over, they do a blood test, it comes out positive. Well, look, it may come up positive but that doesn’t mean that you were under the influence at the time you were driving.

Here at Thomas Law Firm, typically what we do when we get a blood test result is we actually have an independent lab that we work with and we’ll typically go to him and say, “Doctor, here’s the lab test, here’s what it came out at, can you help me understand with this particular person whether or not it’s likely that they were under the influence? Is there a possibility that they were not?” We like to set up interviews with our clients with him so that he understands their use history and how often they use, their body type, and he’s really able to give us an idea as to whether or not it’s possible that at the time they were driving, even though their tests may show that it’s positive, they were totally fine.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” class=”custom-padding-top-bottom” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][vc_column_text]

Can I Use a Public Defender for Denver DUI Defense?

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Denver DUI Attorney Explains Differences between Public Defenders and Private Lawyers

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]Depending on whether you are in police custody and your financial situation, you may be entitled to representation by a public defender for your DUI defense case. However, you should strongly consider the services of a private DUI attorney instead. Our law firm has a lot of respect for public defenders and the important work that they do. However, the public defender’s office is often overburdened with cases. In this video, Denver DUI lawyer Will Smith explains the differences between private attorneys and public defenders.

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Whether somebody can get a public defender or not entirely depends on their circumstances. Normally, if someone is in custody, they are entitled to a public defender, normally. If you’re out of custody, normally, you’re looking at different financial guidelines as to whether or not you qualify for effectively publicly paid representation, so you have to meet certain income guidelines, depends on the size of your household, your income, etc. Ultimately, the public defender’s office here in Colorado is fantastic. They do a nice job, no doubt about it. The difference between the public defender’s office and a private firm like myself is, first, you can choose your attorney. With the public defender’s office, they will assign you an attorney who may or may not have a large caseload, and you do not get to choose who helps you with your case. A private attorney, you get to choose. You get to sit down and get to, in the case of my firm, you sit down with me, you will discuss the specifics of your case and you can rest assured that I’m going to work with you to do everything we can to get you the best outcome possible.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” bg_color=”#01182c” scene_position=”center” text_color=”light” text_align=”left” class=”custom-padding-top-bottom” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][vc_column_text]

How Do Colorado Police Test Drivers for Marijuana Use?

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Colorado DUI Lawyer Explains Field Sobriety Tests

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]What are the major three components of the Standardized Field Sobriety Test, and is the SFST given to drivers suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana? In this video, Colorado DUI attorney Jake Johnson explains the SFST including the walk and turn, the one legged stand and the horizontal gaze nystagmus test.

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So, if officers think that you’re under the influence of marijuana, it can go a few different ways. A general officer has had the regular training that they’ve been taught in their generalized school, and so they’re going to do a few tests. The big three are horizontal gaze nystagmus, that’s a finger test where they have you follow your eyes and what they’re looking for there is jerking of your eyes, that your eyes are not able to focus, things of that nature. The next one that they do is called the walk and turn. They put you into position and you do nine steps forward, you turn, you do nine steps back. They’re looking for balance problems, they’re looking for problems that you’re not able to do one thing and pay attention to the next direction. The third one that they do is called the one legged stand. It’s exactly like it sounds, where they have you stand on one leg and they have you count out loud and again what they’re looking for is somebody that can’t follow directions and do something at the same time.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” bg_color=”#a1a1a1″ scene_position=”center” text_color=”light” text_align=”left” class=”custom-padding-top-bottom” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][vc_column_text]

Should I Refuse a Breath or Blood Test During a DUI Arrest in Colorado?

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Pros and Cons of Refusing DUI Tests

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]When you are charged with DUI, police will attempt to conduct a breath test or a blood test to confirm your impairment. Refusal to submit to a DUI test can result in immediate penalties, such as loss of your driver’s license. In this video, Colorado DUI lawyer Will Smith weighs the pros and cons of refusing a DUI test.

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Now, if you refuse to take a test, it will mean that you do not have a blood or breath sample that can be used against you later. However, it does mean that a jury likely would hear that you refused a test and they will be able to draw their own inferences about that. What that means for most of my clients, then, what most of my clients are really worried about is what does it mean for my driver’s license? That’s the most important thing at least on the front end for most clients. What that will mean if you refuse is that you’re not gonna be able to drive for a period of 60 days. After 60 days of no driving whatsoever, you’ll be eligible to have a restricted driver’s license, restricted to interlock. Interlock, as many people are aware, is an apparatus that is installed in your vehicle and would require that you blow into the steering column before starting the car and then incrementally as you’re driving. That apparatus must be installed in Colorado for at least two years following a refusal before you can have an unrestricted driver’s license.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” class=”custom-padding-top-bottom” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][vc_column_text]

Are Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Mandatory in Marijuana DUIs?

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Denver DUI Attorney Explains Drugged Driving Tests

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”25″][vc_column_text]When are you required to submit to roadside testing in a marijuana DUI case? The answer may surprise you. In this video, Colorado drugged driving defense attorney Jake Johnson explores refusal of field sobriety tests and the tricks police use to force drivers to take tests.

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The Standardized Field Sobriety Test that the police offer you when they get you out of your car, you actually do not have to do those. Those tests are voluntary, those are distinguished from, say, a breath tests or a blood test where if you refuse those, there’s negative consequences to your driver’s license. These tests you can refuse and not lose your driver’s license. The thing to watch out for is that, a lot of times officers will try to get tricky and they’ll say if you refuse my tests, you’re going to lose your driver’s license. That’s a misstatement of the law, but they do that trying to get you to do their tests so they’ve got more evidence against you. Particularly with a marijuana case, I would recommend don’t do the tests, resign yourself to the fact that you’re most likely going to be arrested and you’re going to spend a little bit of time in jail until you can get bailed out. The good thing is you are going a long way toward making your case much more defensible.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text][static_section page_id=”85″ notes=”section contact”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text][static_section page_id=”223″ notes=”section blog”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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