This is Arik Benari, managing partner of Benari Law Group. Over the past twelve years I’ve had the unfortunate privilege of representing hundreds of people charged with DUI in Philadelphia, Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County and Bucks County, as well as other counties throughout Pennsylvania. What I’ve learned over my career is that there are a lot of people out there who recreationally use marijuana (also known as weed, grass, pot, etc.). What these clients never realized before they found themselves sitting in my office was that you DO NOT HAVE TO BE STONED TO GET A DUI.
In fact, you can get pulled over weeks after smoking marijuana and still be found guilty at trial. This may seem unfair, ridiculous, or even stupid… but it is the law. We’ve fought hard in our cases to get common sense and reason to prevail, but so far the judges in Pennsylvania have been unwilling to listen. Marijuana can stay in your system for up to thirty days after you smoke, and if you’re given a blood test by the police during those thirty days after being pulled over for suspected DUI, you’ll most likely be charged and be forced to plead guilty or face trial.
So why am I writing this today? Simple. IF YOU SMOKE MARIJUANA, THEN YOU NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT YOUR DRIVING. You should not speed, roll through stop signs, drive carelessly, try and rush through yellow lights to beat a red, or talk on your phone while driving…. EVER. Also, you should never, ever drive after drinking anything. In fact, you should never drive after having a piece of rum cake, or a dose of cough syrup. The smell of the alcohol on your breath could be enough to get a cop who pulls you over to send you for a blood test. If you refuse the test you’ll lose your license for a year automatically and probably face DUI charges anyway, and if you take the test they’re going to find the traces of marijuana and you’ll certainly be charged.
If you are ever charged with a DUI, drunk driving, driving under the influence, or any crime for that matter in the Philadelphia area, you owe it to yourself to make sure you get advice and representation from one of the best Criminal Defense Lawyers in the Greater Philadelphia Area.