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What defense might Tiger Woods have to his prescription drug DUI?

On Memorial Day, golf legend Tiger Woods was found sleeping in his car near his Jupiter home. Unfortunately for him, the person who discovered him was a police officer. Police dashcam video shows Woods’ car improperly parked, and field sobriety tests performed for the camera show the professional golfer confused and disoriented. He has been charged with DUI and improper parking. Nevertheless, he passed two Breathalyzer tests with flying colors and apparently passed a urine test, as well. He was not drunk. According to a statement by Woods, the events occurred due to "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications" he was taking during rehab after back surgery. He says he didn’t realize the medication would affect him so strongly and... Read More »

It’s impossible to accurately measure THC impairment. Now what?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, April 6, 2017

In a recent appellate case in another state, a DUI defense attorney brought forward some pretty compelling evidence that the usual methods police use to determine whether someone is under the influence simply don’t apply to marijuana. No level of THC, marijuana’s psychoactive compound, has been shown to cause more impairment than someone would experience at a 0.05 blood alcohol level. Moreover, there’s currently no Breathalyzer-style test for THC impairment because no "red line" level for illegal driving has been established. Florida, like about half of the states and the District of Columbia, has legalized marijuana for at least some purposes. Here, marijuana is allowed for certain medical purposes. Even someone with a medical marijuana card, however, is prohibited from... Read More »