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Delta-8 edibles and slow driving leads to arrest

One recent trend in recreational drugs is the production and sale of Delta-8 THC — a form of cannabinol derived from hemp. As a hemp product, many states including Alabama consider it a legal form of THC due to the Farm Bill of 2019.

Its effects are similar to the illegal form of marijuana: Delta-9 THC. This makes it difficult for law enforcement to determine whether a person’s high is legal or not. Regardless, driving under any influence may risk a traffic stop.

Driving 25 under on Christmas

According to Polk Today news, law enforcement jailed a man for a drug-based DUI. Many callers complained about a driver going 30 mph in a 55 mph zone. Once stopped, officers conducted a field sobriety test where the driver admitted to eating two Delta-8 gummies a few hours before driving.

He received misdemeanor charges of DUI Drugs Less Safe and Impeding the Free Flow of Traffic.

Speaking with officers at a traffic stop

While Alabama considers Delta-8 edibles legal for recreational use, it is important to remember that admitting to its use is not a legal defense at a traffic stop. When stopped by an officer, they may expect a person’s license, registration and proof of insurance. They may explain the reason for the traffic stop. Compliance is vital to the situation going smoothly, especially if an officer decides to conduct a field sobriety test.

In any event, all drivers have the right to legal counsel before answering any questions. Knowing a driver’s rights before, during and after a traffic stop may assist in a criminal defense case.