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Beauchamp Law Office

August 04, 2011 17:03 ET

Phoenix DUI Lawyers at Beauchamp Law Office Publish Report on Recent Passage of Prop 203 in Arizona

Phoenix DUI Lawyers at Beauchamp Law Office Are Sounding Off on How Prop 203 and Medical Marijuana Could Affect Arizona DUI Enforcement

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Aug 4, 2011) - According to Phoenix DUI lawyers at Beauchamp Law Office, the recent passage of Prop 203 that legalizes medical marijuana has raised many issues concerning Arizona DUI enforcement. Many people want to know whether a driver will be found guilty of a DUI if they are arrested for a suspected Arizona DUI but blood tests reveal only THC, and the blood alcohol level is below the legal limit. This is why the Beauchamp Law team is setting the facts straight for the Arizona public.

For those who are eligible to take advantage of medical marijuana through Prop 203, it is important to recognize the distinction between a drug possession charge and a DUI charge. Prop 203 may shield some people from a possession charge, but it will not shield them from tough Arizona DUI laws.

The legal ramifications are still not clear, but legal experts say it seems likely that drivers who meet the requirements of Prop 203 and have a valid prescription will not face drug possession charges if they are in possession of marijuana or under the influence of marijuana. It also seems clear, however, that this protection from a drug possession charge will not do anything to protect drivers from the possible arrest and penalties for a DUI. Just as is the case with prescription drugs like Ambien or Xanax, marijuana in the system can be the basis for an Arizona DUI. It remains to be seen how this will play out in the courts.

For more information about legal issues in Arizona, visit www.ArizonaDUI.com.

About Beauchamp Law Office:

Beauchamp Law Office helps Arizona residents fight DUI charges, namely residents of Phoenix, Chandler, Tempe, Glendale, Scottsdale, Gilbert and Mesa. The firm has more than 20 years of legal experience and knows the ins and outs of Arizona's DUI laws and regulations.