Marijuana DWI Offense
Mercer County municipalities like Lawrence, Ewing and Hamilton have far more driving under the influence of marijuana charges than you might imagine and the numbers continue to grow every year. If you were arrested for this offense, a lawyer on our staff has the skills to help you avoid a conviction. Here at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our attorneys are some of the most highly trained and experienced DWI attorneys in the state. For example, two of our members are among a small group of far less than ten that are dual certified on the Alcotest and as instructors in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. We also happen to possess over a century of experience defending marijuana DUI charges like the one you are facing. If you would like to speak to a highly knowledgeable attorney about the drugged DWI charge you are facing, call us for a free consultation. We can be reached 24/7 at 609–683–8102 to assist you.Charged With Marijuana DWI in Mercer County New Jersey
Being under the influence is defined in New Jersey as “a substantial deterioration or diminution of the mental faculties or physical capabilities of a person whether it be due to intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit producing drugs.” When the substance purportedly causing the N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 violation is marijuana, the state must show that the affect of the drug on the physical coordination and mental faculties rendered the accused a danger to himself and other drivers. Typically, expert testimony from a Drug Recognition Expert (“DRE”) is required to prove a drug DUI/DWI but his is not the case when the controlled dangerous substance is marijuana. A police officer possesses that required knowledge, skill, experience and training to qualify as an expert under N.J.R.E. 702 on the issue of whether someone is under the influence of marijuana.
The principles to be applied in your marijuana DWI case in West Windsor, Robbinsville, Trenton or another town are best set forth in the New Jersey Supreme Court case of State v. Bealor. Two guiding principles come from Bealor. First, that a police officer is fully competent to provide testimony of impairment from marijuana. The second proposition to be taken from the decision is that a judge is also capable of rendering a valid decision in a marijuana DWI case without any “expert” testimony at all. He or she can determine your guilt or innocence for driving under the influence of marijuana based solely on evidence presented concerning the appearance and conduct of the accused, as well as other facts deduced during the course of the investigation.Ewing Township NJ Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Attorney
We realize that you are probably feeling intimidated by the driving under the influence of marijuana offense you are facing in East Windsor, Hightstown or Princeton. The lawyers at our firm can accomplish considerable in reducing this stress if you take advantage of the opportunity to contact us for a free consultation. An attorney at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall would be more than happy to analyze the facts of your case and formulate a strategy to secure an acquittal. To speak to one of our attorneys immediately, call 609–683–8102 for a free consultation.