Article written by Delta Driving School
While there have been a variety of inconclusive studies conducted about potential impaired driving under the influence of marijuana, in California, it is illegal to do so. Besides giving you a high, when under the influence of marijuana, you may experience additional effects.
Inaccurate or no sense of time
Moodiness or mood swings
If you have experimented with marijuana on a regular basis and then ceased using, the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, which causes the majority of marijuana’s psychological effects) can remain in your system for up to 30 days. Therefore, it is imperative that you understand the potential consequences of you are pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence.
Law enforcement will look for the following evidence of your impairment:
Statements that you make to the officer
The smell of marijuana on you or in your vehicle
Your performance on field sobriety tests (FST)
The presence of marijuana in your vehicle
The penalties, if you are convicted of driving under the influence, can vary, depending on whether or not it is your first or subsequent conviction. In most cases, you will be subject to one or all of the following consequences:
Jail or prison time – a minimum of two days jail time up to several months or years
Fines ranging from the hundreds of dollars into the thousands
Driver’s license suspension or revocation
Participation in DUI school for a term set by the court
Restitution to victims, in the event of an accident
About the Author:
Delta Driving School is a Driving School in Highland Park CA. They offer driving lessons. If you are in the area and looking for lessons, make sure to contact them.