Although Nevada, and especially Las Vegas, is known as a place to relax andhave fun, the laws punish driving under the influence (DUI) harshly. Driving under the influence is not limited to drunk driving. It can also include prescription drugs, illegal drugs, and marijuana. The penalties increase for later DUI convictions, which means that hiring an experienced Las Vegas DUI defense lawyer is critical if you have been arrested for driving under the influence for the first time.
There are four ways a person can be charged with DUI in Nevada:
If a police officer stops you while driving for suspicion of being under the influence, he or she will give you the option to take a breath test on the Intoxilyzer 5000 EN machine or to take a blood test.
Nevada is an implied consent state, which means you cannot refuse to take the test.
If you refuse, the police will make the decision to give you a blood or breath test.
The results of either test will be the primary evidence against you if you have been charged with DUI in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
First time DUI offenses have mandatory minimum sentences that can be quite expensive and time consuming, even though first time DUIs in Las Vegas are usually charged as misdemeanor crimes.
Depending on the facts of your case, you may also have to drive with a Breath Interlock Device for three to six months.
If your blood alcohol concentration far exceeds the limit, there are additional penalties:
DUI is a charge in Nevada that cannot be dropped or reduced by the prosecutor if there is evidence to support it. Still, a skilled Las Vegas DUI defense attorney can work to reduce the charges by examining the evidence against you and showing the prosecutor why he or she is not likely to get a conviction.
For example, there are many problems with the Intoxilyzer 5000 EN machine that may make the prosecutor consider a reckless driving charge instead of DUI. The benefit is that if you have another DUI in the future, that DUI will be the first one, not the second. This is important because multiple DUI convictions within 7 years can bring extended jail time and fines.
Contesting DUI charges is best left to an experienced Las Vegas DUI attoney. Contact us today.