What Are the Nevada DUI Laws?
It is always illegal to operate a vehicle if your ability to drive safely is impaired by drugs or alcohol. While driving under the influence (DUI) is illegal throughout the United States, each state has its own set of DUI laws. This article provides a brief overview of Nevada’s DUI Laws. If you have legal questions it is always best to reach out to an experienced attorney like John B. Routsis as soon as possible.
|Code Section||Nevada Code section 484C.110: Driving Under the Influence – Unlawful Acts|
|What’s Prohibited?||It is illegal to drive, or be in actual physical control of a vehicle, on a highway or premises which the public has access to, if the person:Is under the influence of intoxicating liquorHas a blood or breath alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greaterWithin two hours, has a blood or breadth alcohol concentration of 0.10 or greaterIs under the influence of a controlled substanceIs under the combined influence of intoxicating liquor and a controlled substance, orUses any chemical, poison, organic solvent, or any compound or combination of any of these, to a degree that renders the person incapable of safely driving|
|Blood Alcohol Concentration Limits||The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers in Nevada is:0.02% for drivers under 21 years old0.04% for commercial license holders, and0.08% for everyone elseHowever, note that a DUI can legally be issued to any driver who has a detectable amount of an illegal substance in their blood.|
Criminal DUI Penalties in Nevada
The criminal penalties for DUI offenses in Nevada vary depending on whether or not the offender has been convicted of a DUI in the past. DUI convictions in Nevada can be punished as follows:
First DUI Conviction:
- Imprisonment for two days to six months (or 96 hours of community service)
- Fine of $400 to $1,000
- Attending DUI school
- Driver’s license revoked for 90 days, and
- May be required to attend a substance-abuse treatment program
Second DUI Conviction Within Seven Years:
- Imprisonment for 10 days to six months
- Fine of $750 to $1,000
- 100 to 200 hours of community service
- Driver’s license revoked for one year
- Car registration may be suspended, and
- May be required to attend a substance-abuse treatment program or undergo clinical supervision for up to one year
Third (or Subsequent) DUI Conviction Within Seven Years:
- Imprisonment for one to six years
- Fine of $2,000 to $5,000
- Driver’s license revoked for three years, and
- Car registration may be suspended
However, if the DUI offense causes death or serious injury, even on a first offense, then the offender may be imprisoned for two to 20 years, be fined $2,000 to $5,000, and have their license revoked for three years.
Contact an experienced DUI lawyer in Reno, NV today. The longer you wait, the harder it is to get the outcome you desire.