In Michigan, driving under the influence of drugs generally carries the same penalties as drunk driving and can have a substantial impact on your life and your future. The penalties drugged driving include possible jail time, driver responsibility fees, suspended or revoked license, impounding of your vehicle, increased license points. All the penalties and fines not only affect your freedom but will generally affect your transportation, job security and possibly even future employment. At the Clark Law Office we know what impact a drugged driving charge can have on your life and have over 30 years of experience in successfully defending clients in and out of court for drugged driving and other related charges. At every step in your case the Clark Law Office fights for their clients and makes sure that your best defenses are presented so as to make sure that your constitutional rights were not violated and that any illegal searches and seizures, or illegal conduct on the part of the police in gathering evidence results in the suppression of the evidence and the dismissal of your case.
It is not only important to hire an attorney with experience in protecting your rights and fighting on your side at each juncture, but is also important to make sure you hire an attorney that knows how laws work and what evidence you need to challenge and what type of mitigating factors to present your case in the most favorable light. We investigate the facts surrounding the stop, the legality of the stop and review and analyze the result of any blood tests to make sure that if the facts don’t fit the charges or if the police overstepped their bounds that your rights remain intact that you receive the justice that you deserve while making sure that your best defenses are put forward.
Drugged driving can be proved in two ways. The first way that drugged driving or driving under the influence of a controlled substance can be proven by prosecutors to show that your ability to drive the vehicle was substantially lessened by consuming the controlled substance or that your condition was substantially affected by consuming controlled substance and it led to not being able to operate your vehicle in a normal manner. The other way that is most commonly used to charge persons with drugged driving is by demonstrating that any amount of a controlled substance was a person’s blood while they were driving. This law makes it illegal to have essentially any amount of a controlled substance in your blood which prosecutors use blood tests to determine that purport to measure nanograms of the controlled substance per milliliter of blood. Because a nanogram is a billionth of a gram it is important to be able to challenge the standards used for the blood tests and accuracy of procedures used and the underlying data used to produce the results.
Recently in the court of appeals decision People v. Koon, it was determined that even if a person has a medical marijuana card and is licensed and sanctioned by state law to use medical marijuana, that if that patient is driving and later found to have any amount of marijuana or THC in their system, they too are in violation of the law and will be charged and convicted of drugged driving. Because this essentially means that every medical marijuana patient will at some time be violation of this law due to the protracted length of time that THC can remain in the body and blood it is extremely important to review and challenge the constitutionality of any stop of the car, any arrest made, while making sure that the blood tests are accurate.
The Clark Law Office has over 3 decades of experience in defending clients from criminal charges and drugged driving charges. If you need an experienced attorney that will fight for your rights call the Clark Law Office today to receive the legal help your situation requires.