I was on my way home from work, got pulled over for having a light out. Cop said he smelled marijuana so I was honest with him and told him I had a tiny bit in my car along with a pipe. He made me do a sobriety test and I was mad because I was neither high nor drunk at the time. The only reason I did bad at the whole balancing test was because I was wearing very heavy steel toe boots for work. I was pulled over only a block away from my house yet he arrested me and hauled me to a hospital for a blood test. I was fined for possession even though it was only a bowl at best also for paraphernalia and had to pay $250 just to get my car back! I was perfectly fine to drive and was only a block away. I have court in December and this is my first offense
It is against the law to drive a car on a public roadway with "any detectable amount of a restricted controlled substance" in your system. This means that if the blood test reveals that there was any amount of THC, you are technically in violation of the law. However, if you had not smoked any marijuana that day, you may not have any THC left in your system. You should hire a lawyer because you do not want to be convicted of this, even if it is a first offense. If it were to happen again within then years, you could go to jail for up to six months. A lawyer may be able to discover defenses to the charge that are not apparent to you as a layperson.
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