If I ever give up this whole lawyering thing, I’m moving up to Park City to drive a tow-truck. Those guys have it good. During winter storms, there’s all the tourists on ski vacations getting their rental cars mired in snow-banks. And the rest of the time, there’s the drug arrests on I-80 to keep them in the black.
You see, I-80 links two states with very progressive marijuana laws–California and Colorado–by way of what might be the most culturally conservative (and pot-phobic) state in the union–Utah. And Summit County, in the mountains just west of Salt Lake City, seems to be a popular spot for the Utah Highway Patrol to get their interdiction on.
So after the traveler gets caught with some weed, they often get arrested and carted off to Summit County Jail, leaving their car along the highway for the tow-truck guys to come get. One tow-truck driver told a client of mine that he had personally hauled 7 cars off the highway that evening, all of which were the cars of arrested drivers.
If that’s happened to you, feel free to get in touch with me to discuss your case. You also might want to take a look at my pages on Utah’s marijuana laws related to possession, paraphernalia, and intent to distribute, and driving with a measurable controlled substance (AKA Metabolite DUI). If you’re interested in how the drug busts typically go down, and the law surrounding automobile search and seizure, I discuss that a bit here.