Colorado is at the vanguard of American states that have liberalized marijuana laws. The allowance given state residents to use pot for recreational and medicinal purposes means that consumers can drive under the influence, correct?
Any such personal assessment is likely to get its holder in legal hot water at some point, especially if that individual assumes that impairment is not a concern for Colorado law enforcers.
We note this on a relevant page of our website at Shazam Kianpour & Associates in Denver, namely, that, “Like any other controlled substance, the level of [marijuana] impairment is what concerns state courts and prosecutors.” Authorities will act fast and harshly against any motorist they deem was at a threshold limit of impairment or beyond while behind the wheel.
In fact, driving under the influence of drugs has always been a serious criminal offense in Colorado. That reality was underscored just last week in tandem with the state’s most recent drug-linked enforcement crackdown.
That anti-DUID effort operates pursuant to the slogan, “If you feel different, you drive different. Drive high, get a DUI.” The initiative’s focus is on both public education and enforcement actions against lawbreakers.
The campaign’s seriousness is immediately evident from even a cursory look at the enforcement bodies involved. They include the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Colorado State Patrol, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and additional bodies.
Reportedly, more than 60 individuals are arrested in the state on any given day for an impaired-driving offense. Questions or concerns regarding a stop or charge might reasonably be directed without delay to proven Denver criminal defense lawyers who specialize in drunk-driving defense.