What happens if I get pulled over and an officer thinks Iâve been smoking pot?
If an officer believes youâre driving under the influence of anything, they will conduct a field sobriety test and may consult with a drug recognition expert. If officers establish probable cause, they will bring you to a precinct and ask your permission to draw your blood for testing. If officers have reason to believe youâre under the influence of something, they can get a warrant for a blood draw from a judge. If youâre in a serious accident, then a blood draw will be mandatory.
What happens if I get pulled over and Iâm sober, but an officer or his K9 buddy smells the ounce of Super Skunk Iâve got in my trunk?
Under state law, officers have to develop probable cause to search a closed or locked container. Each case stands on its own, but the smell of pot alone will not be reason to search a vehicle. If officers have information that youâre trafficking, producing or delivering marijuana in violation of state law, they can get a warrant to search your vehicle.