Mr. Ticket Warns About Taking Marijuana and Driving, in Light of Recent Study

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Even with the latest study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, stating that drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower crash risk than drivers who use alcohol, Californians still need to think twice before getting behind a wheel, warns Amir Soleimanian, founder, CEO and head attorney of Mr. Ticket law firm (4mrticket.com). Even though a doctor may have prescribed this form of medication, it does not make someone any less liable when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

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Although the NHTSA's study, published February 2015, may indicate the difference between the crash risks of drivers, drivers need to be aware that they are still liable when getting behind the wheel. According to a recent article by USA Today published February 17, 2015, “If we suspect that they are intoxicated (with marijuana) and driving, then we handle it like we would alcohol where we put you through field sobriety tests,” says Commander Chris Tennant of the police department in Pullman, Wash., where marijuana use is legal for residents 21 years of age and older. Tennant says that Pullman police tend to find drivers under the influence of marijuana only after they’ve been pulled over for a different traffic violation.

Mr. Ticket is a full service law firm with over 92% success rate in defending against all traffic citations throughout California. Attorney Soleimanian wants to get the word out that driving under the influence of marijuana is a crime in California and is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol.

“Just because you have a doctor’s note doesn’t mean it is safe to drive and that you are not just as liable as the person driving after drinking alcohol,” said Attorney Soleimanian. “The same goes for other forms of medication, as well.”

California laws do not specify how much THC found in the bloodstream will establish impairment. For someone to be found guilty of driving under the influence of marijuana, there are a variety of factors the prosecutor will need to prove. Marijuana highs generally peak within a half hour and will dissipate typically within 5 to 8 hours, but THC can linger for days in the bodies of habitual smokers. Some studies show virtually no driving impairment in habitual smokers.

What to do? In short, don’t take marijuana and drive.

“If you find yourself in this situation and have been pulled over and you think the officer may suspect you of driving under the influence of marijuana, remain calm,” says Amir. “Don’t make any statements and contact a good DUI lawyer once you have been released. It is vital that you know that in the state of California, you only have ten days from the date of the DUI arrest to request a hearing before the DMV. This hearing will determine whether a license should be suspended because if you don’t request a hearing, your license will be suspended automatically for up to 1 year.”

Mr. Ticket focuses on cases involving traffic crimes such as: DUI/DWI, hit and run, suspended license, failure to appear, reckless driving, as well as warrants. “Our overall goal is to help our clients keep their driving records clean,” said Attorney Soleimanian.

In addition, Mr. Ticket has a strong commitment to veterans and active military, by offering pro bono work year round for any veteran or active military in need of help with some of their traffic violations.

Please call 866-780-1234 for a complimentary consultation with a traffic ticket attorney. Mr. Ticket is located at 16633 Ventura Blvd, Suite 503, Encino, CA 91346.

About Mr. Ticket
Mr. Ticket is a law firm focusing on California traffic laws and defending against all traffic citations all over the state of California. Amir Soleimanian, the Founder and Owner of the law firm, has over a decade of experience and has earned his B.S. degree in engineering.

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