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A Marijuana Breath Testing Device?

Breath testing devices are commonly used by police officers in their pursuit to enforce Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI/OUI, etc.) laws across the nation. These devices not only detect the presence of ethanol, but also attempt to quantify the amount of alcohol in one’s blood. Every state has adopted a per se limit of .08 percent of alcohol in the person’s blood. This means that if a person has a blood alcohol level (breath tests are also commonly used to ... Read More »

“Stoned Driving”: How Do You Measure Marijuana Impairment?

There has been a lot of media attention lately to the development of breath-testing devices that claim to provide law enforcement with the ability to detect and measure the presence and amounts of marijuana in a driver suspected of so-called “stoned driving”.  The accuracy of these devices has yet to be widely-accepted in the scientific community.  See, for example, Is It Possible to Prove Driving Under the Influence of Drugs?   Will science and profit-hungry corporations ever be able to ... Read More »

What You Should Know About Marijuana DUI in California

Recreational marijuana is not yet legal in California, but even if it is legalized, law enforcement will still be on the lookout for people who appear to be driving under the influence. California drivers should be aware of several things when it comes to marijuana DUI in California, including the state’s current drugged driving law, how people are charged with driving under the influence, how these crimes are punished, and more. One of the biggest differences between an alcohol-related DUI ... Read More »

Roadside Saliva Testing for Marijuana Coming to a State Near You!

It is unlawful in every state in the union to drive under the influence of marijuana.  In many states, merely having the presence of marijuana is enough to be guilty of DUI!  Specifically in Michigan you are guilty of OWI if you have any amount of THC in your blood.  If you have a medical marijuana card, then the prosecutor must still show impairment. Showing impairment is not always easy, and this often leaves the police with a dilemma; do ... Read More »

Am I Stoned? A New Phone App

According to Inverse.com, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has now created a mobile phone app that can determine if you are impaired due to marijuana consumption. The app, presented by Elisa Pabon, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago, is called, “Am I Stoned?” The app, while not yet ready for distribution, tracks performance on certain digital tasks performed on one’s smart phone. Surprisingly, the most accurate assessments of impairment came from the study participants.  “With regard to ... Read More »

DUI Technology—The DRUID App

The effects of alcohol intoxication are relatively well-known, and they are also relatively universal among different people. The amount of alcohol concentration in one’s bloodstream that causes these effects differs among each of us (e.g. tolerance). Moreover, the amount of time it takes to experience these effects is dependent upon a number of factors such as how quickly the alcohol is consumed, the amount of food in one’s stomach, etc. Nonetheless, all states[1] in the U.S. have adopted the 0.08% ... Read More »

WV DUI Drugs Cases Are on the Rise

DUI drugs (DUID) cases are on the rise in West Virginia, as more and more citizens make the decision to drive after taking either their prescription medications, or illegal drugs like marijuana and methamphetamine, or “meth.” While DUI alcohol is still the most common impaired driving offense across the state, prescribed drugs DUI has experienced a definite upward trend. Drug impaired driving will only get worse. WV DUI drugs lawyer Harley Wagner knows WV DUI drugs law very well. A ... Read More »

I blew a 0.06 … but I’m still being charged with OVI?!

By Attorneys Larry J Denny and Michael Mills   Everyone has heard the slogan and seen the signs on the highway “Drive sober or get pulled over”           … but they may not know that in Ohio there are several different kinds of OVI. And yes, you can in fact be required to go to court on an OVI charge even when you blow below 0.08 on the breath test machine. In Ohio there are two ... Read More »

Try getting past this one!

Marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines are just a few of the many different controlled substances that Swedish researchers have found can be detected by a commercially available breathing test device.  A control group of 47 individuals, who had taken a variety of drugs less than 24 hours prior, were tested to check the accuracy of the device. The test successfully detected drugs in 87% of the people. The device would allow police officers to test suspected drug users and DUI ... Read More »

Watch out Ohio – Drug Recognition “Experts” are Here

Ohioans, especially baby boomers taking any prescription medicines, should be very nervous. Why? You are now the focus of the newest toy in the Ohio drunk driving, DUI – OVI, enforcement toy box. The Feds have given Ohio lots of money to obtain and use this toy.  Recently both the Columbus Dispatch and WBNS 10TV interviewed me for stories about the new DRE training program.  Amazingly, in the 10TV story, the spokesman for the Ohio Highway Patrol asserted that officers ... Read More »