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What you need to know about DUI and marijuana in South Carolina

Many residents and visitors of the Myrtle Beach area partake in marijuana. It is a drug that many think should be legal and they don’t see any harm in using the drug. But the laws in South Carolina don’t agree with that mentality and a person can wind up in serious trouble for using marijuana.

Marijuana and DUI

In South Carolina, a person can be charged with a DUI if they are under the influence of marijuana. There is also no inference level so any amount of marijuana in a person’s system can lead to a DUI. If a person has been pulled over by the police, there are many ways in which an officer may suspect a person is under the influence of marijuana. These include:

The police will usually test for marijuana in a person’s system by using a urine test. If they refuse to take a urine test it can lead to a 6-month license suspension.

Criminal defense attorney

If a person is facing a DUI due to marijuana, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in criminal defense. An attorney understands that their client may be facing serious consequences if they are convicted. There is a risk of a suspended license, fines, higher insurance premium and a criminal record. An attorney also knows that marijuana can be in a person’s system for much longer than alcohol and doesn’t necessarily mean they were under the influence when they were pulled over. There are many possible defense strategies an attorney can use for marijuana with their main interest of protecting their client’s legal rights.