Out-of-state DUIAs one of the biggest tourist destinations in the nation, we are used to navigating the throngs of tourists that visit Las Vegas each year. Especially this year, when many people are embarking on travel for the first time after COVID lockdowns, we are seeing an influx of visitors looking for a well-deserved good time.

But with that often comes the overconsumption of alcohol and drugs, leading to accidents and fatalities on our roads.

Earlier this month, one such accident occurred when an Oregon man died in a single rollover accident in Carson City. Cody Furr was ejected from his SUV and declared dead at the scene. Investigating officers suspected that Furr was intoxicated and speeding, and lost control at a curve near Butti Way and Airport Road. No other drivers were involved.

Law Enforcement Vigilance Regarding DUIs in Las Vegas

Whether you are a resident of Las Vegas or just here for a well-deserved vacation, driving under the influence is a criminal offense. In Nevada, our legal limit of BAC is .08 percent and our law enforcement officers are particularly vigilant in stopping those who appear to be driving while intoxicated. Consequently, one of the most common tourist arrests we see here is for DUIs.

What the Law Says

Under NRS 484C, it is unlawful for an individual to be in control of a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration over .08 in their blood or breath at the time of arrest, or is found within two hours of operation with a BAC of .08. Controlled substances that are detected in your system can also result in a DUI charge.

Although a first offense DUI in Las Vegas is a misdemeanor, it can result in

  • 2 to 6 days in jail
  • Fines of up to $1,200
  • Court costs
  • A 90-suspension of your right to drive in the state.

The state of Nevada also reports these incidents to your home state, which may impact your driving privileges once you get home.

Do You Have to Come Back to Nevada to Appear in Court for a DUI?

If you have been charged with a DUI while visiting Las Vegas, you are probably concerned about how your charges will get handled once you go home. 

Fortunately, with the right legal defense, your attorney can appear in court on your behalf for a misdemeanor charge. A skilled Las Vegas DUI attorney may be able to negotiate a dismissal or a reduction in charges with penalties that can be completed from your home state. Having the right criminal defense may keep DUI charges off your driving record and prevent them from impacting your driving privileges in your home state.

If you have been charged with a DUI while visiting Las Vegas, the top criminal defense lawyers at LV Criminal Defense can help. Contact us at our website or call us at (702) 623-6362 to set up a free consultation to understand your legal rights.