First thing you should do is hire a DUI attorney in the county where this occurred. There are many options that an attorney will go over with you including any defenses as well as the ARD program. ARD which stands for Accelerated Rehabilitated Disposition is a first time offenders program. If and when you successfully complete this program you will (1) earn a dismissal of the charges (2) avoid a criminal record (3) avoid jailtime and (4) recieve a 1-2 month suspension rather than 1 year. Each County runs its own ARD program so you want to make sure to talk with an experienced DUI attorney who understands the rules in the County where you were arrested. I hope this helps.
You may be eligible for a first time offenders program known as ARD. If you complete the program, the charges are dismissed and you can have the case expunged. Seek an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. Good luck.
The fact that this is your first offense is important. You may be eligible for an ARD. As described by my colleagues, this is something that you should seriously consider. To answer your question directly, a single hit of marijuana can show up if the proper test is applied to your blood sample. If so, you can be charged for the combination of substances in your blood. You need an experienced criminal attorney. Many on this site, including me, offer free initial consultations. Take advantage of that opportunity and hire an attorney. Until then, do not post any additional information on a public site, such as Avvo, Facebook or Twitter as the statements you make there can be used against you. Good luck
Although you may be eligible for ARD, it is neither a gift, nor a goal. The first step is a full evaluation of your case to determine if any possible defenses exist. ARD has negative consequences .
There are a number of defenses to DUI. Entering into the program should never be recommended unless/until all potential options are evaluated and all potential options for dismissal are ruled out. As a former Lancaster County prosecutor, i can assure you ARD is not always the best choice.
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F. Dean Morgan
The Morgan Law Firm
It appears that you may be charged with DUI. If you had no marijuana on you, the only effect it should have is the potential punishment if you are found guilty or plead guilty, or increased conditions for ARD if you apply and are accepted. You should hire an experienced lawyer immediately. I practice in Lancaster and offer free consultations. Give my office a call at 299-2301.
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