As most of the country knows, our state has legalized the use of marijuana. However, it is still illegal to drive under the influence of the substance. In a DUI case involving one of the very first Colorado residents to be arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana that was ingested legally, the man was recently sentenced after accepting a plea bargain.

On Jan. 11, the man was traveling toward I-76 from I-25, and he supposedly struck two Colorado State Patrol vehicles that were parked on the ramp. The vehicles were parked on the ramp as the officers investigated an earlier crash. Thankfully, neither officer was injured in the collision.

Sobriety tests were administered to the man, and he allegedly had 10 nanograms of THC in his system as well as a blood alcohol content of .268 at the time of the crash. He was arrested and charged with careless driving as well as DUI, but the careless driving charge was dropped once a plea deal was negotiated. The man will serve 30 days of house arrest, and then he is required to serve 18 months of probation. He must also pay a $600 fine and complete 48 hours of community service.

In this Colorado man’s DUI case, he presumably accepted the plea deal because he thought that it would be the most beneficial decision. However, in every criminal case, there are different options to choose from. Even if a person is offered a plea deal, that person can reject the deal and combat the charges he or she faces in court.

Source: kdvr.com, “Drunk and stoned driver who hit CSP cars sentenced to house arrest”, Matt Farley, June 5, 2014