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The Marijuana Driving Case: What Defense & Prosecution Need to Know- Part 2, Motions, Trial and Sentencing

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Much has been discussed about the prosecution and defense in DWI cases. With the advent of the legalization of marijuana more people are driving under the influence of marijuana which is the number one drug used with alcohol while driving at about 27% of time. This is not your mother’s marijuana nor is it a garden variety DWI case. Marijuana and driving cases raise new issues related to all aspects of driving under the influence cases.

Part 2 of this CLE presentation traverses through potential motions in marijuana driving cases related to the standard field sobriety tests which includes studies and reports about their applicability to THC use and THC concentrations and its relationship impairment. It then discusses the trial itself which includes jury selection based upon marijuana use studies and the admissibility of Drug recognition Evaluators and Toxicologists testimony and reports. It concludes with addressing sentencing in marijuana cases including DWI Court eligibility and marijuana use while on probation and parole.

Whether you are a defense attorney or a prosecuting attorney, this presentation should not be missed.

Lecturer Bio

Judge Mary A. Celeste (ret.)

Judge Mary A. Celeste (ret.) sat on the Denver County Court bench where she was the Presiding Judge 2009 and 2010; the first woman to hold that position and was the co-founder of the Denver County Court Sobriety Court. She is the current education co-chair for the IALGT Judges; chair-elect ABA National Conference of Specialized Courts and Faculty for the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC). She has served as the President of the American Judge’s Association and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, and, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Judicial Outreach Liaison. She has written many articles and is a national speaker and expert on the topics of marijuana and alcohol/drug impaired driving. She has presented to NADCP, APPA, AJA, ABA, NHTSA, Lifesavers, Pennsylvania DUI Association, Michigan and Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals and to judges and other drug court professionals in the States of Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and, Wyoming. She is available for consultation and expert testimony in marijuana driving cases for both the Prosecution and the Defense.

Judge Celeste (Ret.) is a worldwide expert on marijuana and driving and drugged driving and is available as an expert witness for both Prosecution and Defense and as a consultant to Toxicologists in impaired driving cases. She is designated as an expert witness in marijuana and driving and drugged driving with 2 companies: Expert Consulting Services, Inc.( ECS) and the Expert Institute. She has also been designated as an expert in marijuana and driving in a Court of Law. Contact her or go to for more information.

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