May 16 2012

Driving Under the Influence – Nevada DUI Laws

You may think it’s just another night on the town, but the moment you get into your vehicle, everything can change. There are many reasons to choose a designated driver or take a cab home, the number one reason being life. You risk your own life and those of others on the road any time you make the decision to drink and drive. The best solution is to plan ahead for a safe way to get home and never drink and drive in the first place.

How Much is Too Much?

Most DUI offenders think they have not had enough drinks to impair their ability to drive, but you may be surprised at how little it takes to put you over the limit.

There are specific laws for each state; however, all states follow the same BAC (blood alcohol content) rules. If you are 21 or older, a BAC of 0.08 or higher will result in DUI penalties. Nevada DUI laws, including specific information regarding the consequences and possible outcomes for first, second and third (or more) offenses, can be found by clicking here.

Should I Refuse the BAC Test?

You may think you have a right to refuse the BAC test (often called a ‘Breathe Test’ or sometimes a blood test) when you are pulled over and suspected of driving drunk. However, Nevada DUI laws include an implied consent law, which means that if you do refuse, the officer has the right to use reasonable force to obtain the sample needed. There are NO benefits from refusing this test. You will be forced to take the test, automatically have your license suspended, and the minimum penalties of a DUI will be enforced.

What can a DUI Lawyer do to help?

Every case has different circumstances; however, having an experienced criminal lawyer on your side, can make all the difference. An experienced attorney can help by: getting the charges reduced, articulating the reasons that a breath interlock device should not be ordered, reduce the amount of time mandated in a DUI school, and mitigate additional punishment a court may impose. If you are facing a DUI charge in Nevada, please contact us today for a consultation.

Posted in: Alcohol Related Offenses, Criminal Law, DUI Posted by: John B. Routsis

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