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Are roadside tests admissible in marijuana impairment cases

In our last post, we highlighted the inherent problems in proving marijuana impairment during a traditional DWI stop. Essentially, police are not yet equipped to scientifically determine whether a driver is impaired by marijuana, and roadside sobriety tests geared towards detecting alcohol impairment could not properly reach those conclusions.

What to do about being charged with marijuana impaired driving

It is against the law to drive a car while under the influence of marijuana in the state of Illinois. While this is true and in place to as a common safety measure, the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has become as mainstream as becoming a law enforcement officer. While there are many people who now use it legally, there is an important question regarding the number of people who are “high” while behind the wheel.

What must be established to prove embezzlement charges?

It is likely that you picture a CEO or businessperson in a suit and tie when you hear the phrase "white collar crime." This is the stereotype of this type of crime: a powerful business person who used his or her position to take asset that don't belong to him or her. And in many cases, this holds true. But in many other cases, the accused person is a bank teller or a lower-level employee who was granted access to a company computer or vehicle.

Can a"proper" warrant still lead to an illegal search?

As with many videos that go viral showing police officers disregarding citizens’ civil rights, the video involving a Salt Lake City police detective and an emergency room nurse is quite disturbing. The officer demands that the nurse draw blood from an unconscious suspect under the auspice of implied consent, but the nurse, acting consistent with state law, refuses.

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