A friend of mine was driving and two people in the back seat started fighting, she pulled over and while she was pulled over the cops came up on the vehicle. She stated that she pulled over because of the situation. She was not drinking and was charged with a DUI because the other females that were in the back stated they had been drinking. She was charged with a DUI and was not even behind the wheel at the time. She was arrested and the others were let go and the police took her car to the jail. she was let go in the am. She went to court today and learned that she would have to take a urine test and pay until she goes back to court every week 70 dollars. What should she do? Also does DC pretrial test for marijuana when doing a urine test ?
Pretrial generally does not test for marijuana. Your friend should not have to test more than once if she tested negative following her arraignment. She also should not have to pay $70 to test or comply with pretrial. Your friend may have received a CJA contribution order requiring to pay the Court...but she also should not have to pay it and can avoid it entirely by retaining a lawyer of her choice. I handle these cases all the time. I strongly suggest that your friend consult and retain experienced DC DUI counsel.
Pretrial services doesn't test for regular MJ, but does screen for synthetic MJ and other drugs (including prescription drugs) so your friend should make Pretrial aware that she has a prescription bottle(s) if needed. If her urine was clean, she should not have to test further.
She should also have been told to get a drug/alcohol assessment by Pretrial (keep in mind that her answers to assessment questions about her relationship with drugs/alcohol dictate whether she will be ordered by the Court to undergo drug/alcohol treatment.
It is also important to know if your friend provided a sample at the time of arrest, as those results COULD affect her case significantly going forward.
The $70 is likely a contribution order to pay for the attorney the court appointed to her case/the public defender.
Your friend should consult an attorney as soon as possible; one who KNOWS DC law and who can help her navigate the process toward the best possible result.
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