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DUI in Nevada

DWI in Nevada

Nevada DUI lawyers can help you if you have been arrested for "driving under the influence" or DUI in the state of Nevada. Do you know the penalties for DUI in Nevada? Have you been arrested for the first, second or third time? Nevada DUI attorneys specialize in Nevada law and can help you defend yourself of all DUI charges.

Most Nevada DUI lawyers offer a free initial evaluation to discuss your DUI defense. A DUI conviction in Nevada can have severe consequences and given the complexity of DUI laws, it can be difficult for Nevada drivers to have a full understanding of them. Hiring a Nevada DUI attorney can make a difference in a driver's DUI case.

Nevada DUI charges are serious and can be difficult to fight alone. Penalties can include:

  • Required license suspension
  • High court costs and penalties
  • Increased insurance costs
  • Mandatory installation of an Ignition Interlock Device
  • Mandatory attendance in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program

Nevada DUI Laws
In the state of Nevada, it is against the law for any person to operate a motor vehicle if they are "under the influence of an intoxicating liquor". It is also illegal for a driver to be in actual physical control of a vehicle if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or more. If a driver's BAC is over the illegal limit they do not have to exhibit any impairment to be arrested for DUI.

It is also illegal for a driver to be under the influence of a controlled substance. This can include anything that the driver has consumed or inhaled to a degree which has made them unable to safely drive the car.

Drivers who are under the age of 21 can be arrested for DUI if their BAC is 0.02% or higher. If arrested, their license will be revoked for 90 days. Commercial drivers who are arrested with a BAC of 0.04% or higher will have their commercial license revoked for 90 days. If a commercial driver has a BAC of 0.1% an officer can prohibit them from driving for 24 hours.

Penalties for DUI in Nevada
Drivers who are arrested in Nevada for DUI can be charged a variety of penalties. These penalties can vary based on the specifics of each case. General information is provided below, but it is important for drivers to contact a DUI lawyer for more information.

First DUI offense

  • Required to spend 2 days to 6 months in jail
  • Required to pay fines of $400 to $1,000
  • License suspension for 90 days, the court may allow the driver to apply for a restricted license after half of the time is served
  • Potential installation of a Ignition Interlock Device
  • Required community service for 96 hours - the court may allow community service instead of spending time in jail
  • Required to attend a DUI education class
  • Potential DUI treatment program

Second DUI Offense
(With in 7 years of the first conviction)

  • Required to spend 10 days to 6 months in jail
  • Required to pay fines of $750 to $1,000
  • License suspension for 1 year with no possibility of a restricted license
  • Potential installation of a Ignition Interlock Device
  • Required community service for 100 to 200 hours
  • Potential vehicle registration restrictions
  • Potential 1 year supervised DUI treatment program

Third DUI Offense

  • Required jail time of 1 to 6 years
  • Required to pay fines of $2,000 to $5,000
  • License suspension for 3 years
  • Potential installation of a Ignition Interlock Device (if the driver receives a restricted license)
  • Required community service for 100 to 200 hours
  • Potential vehicle registration restrictions
  • Potential 3 years supervised DUI treatment program

Hiring a Nevada criminal defense lawyer
Not all Nevada attorneys practice criminal law, and unless a Nevada lawyer specializes in DUI cases, they may not be familiar with Nevada DUI laws. Before hiring a DUI lawyer, find one who has significant experience processing DUI cases. Have they successfully handled cases similar to yours? A good DUI lawyer knows the law and knows how to protect your rights and potentially win your case.