What Happens During a DUI Stop Police officers rely on training to recognize signs of impairment. Through behavior observation and field sobriety tests, law enforcement can determine probable cause for driver impairment and make an arrest. Once a driver is taken into custody, police can request a blood test to determine if the driver is over the State’s limit of marijuana. Consequences of Marijuana-Impaired Driving A DUI can have a serious impact on your life and driving privileges. A positive blood test results in the suspension of your driver’s license and with a DUI conviction you could face mandatory attendance of DUI school, a fine up to $5,000 and even jail time. The severity of your sentence increases with each DUI conviction, and becomes a felony after a third DUI charge within seven years or if the incident resulted in serious injury or death to another person. When to Hire a Lawyer If you or a loved one have been arrested and charged with DUI, it’s imperative you get legal help right away. Navigating the tricky landscape of the court system can be intimidating, and when facing serious charges, such as driving under the influence, you need an aggressive team of professionals who will vigorously represent you. In DUI cases, there is potential for error by law enforcement officials who lack probable cause and medical personnel with faulty equipment. Strict protocols must be followed during a DUI arrest, and if the law enforcement officer does not adhere to the procedures, you could have a solid defense. The Defenders of the Richard Harris Law Firm know what questions to ask and what evidence to look for to give you the best chance of being found “not guilty” in court. The Defenders is a team of skilled and specialized criminal defense lawyers. Being accused of a crime canbeoverwhelming,scaryandleaveyouandyour family facing an uncertain future. The Defenders understands the legal process and stands with our clients through the entire case. 19 A nticipation filled the air in the hours leading up to midnight on July 1, 2017. Crowds gathered by the hundreds at dispensaries all over Clark County where, for the first time, recreational marijuana was about to be sold legally. The passage of Question 2, following the 2016 election, approved recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and older. The State also passed legislation allowing an “early start” to sales six months ahead of the original January 1, 2018, date. With consumers lining up to take home the herb, questions remained – like how much product can be bought, where it can be used and how recreational use may affect driving. While users may purchase and carry up to an ounce of marijuana, they should think twice before hopping behind the wheel after using it, as cannabis-impaired driving is still treated as a DUI charge under Nevada law. Although now legal to use, there is con- tinued enforcement of impaired driving laws. Nevada law says a driver can be charged with DUI if the driver's blood contains 2 nanograms per ml. of mari- juana (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) or 5 nanograms per ml. of marijuana metabo- lite (11-OH-tetrahydrocannabinol). AND DRIVING UNDERTHE INFLUENCE 18