Depending on the circumstances, Nevada treats DUI’s as misdemeanor or felony offenses. If you have been charged with a DUI and it is your first offense or your first offense in 7 years, then it will be charged as a DUI first. You can still be charged with a felony DUI regardless if it is your first offense if you cause substantial bodily harm to someone or cause a death while driving under the influence.
If you are convicted of a DUI first then the statutory punishment is as follows:
A fine of not less than $400 nor more than $1,000;
Victim Impact Panel;
Possible Coroner’s Program;
A minimum 2 days nor more than 6 months in jail;
Or in lieu of jail, community services of not less than 48 hours, but not more than 96 hours;
If your BAC is .18 or above, then you must attend a treatment program for alcohol or drug abuse.
Penalties may seem harsh but an attorney can help you mitigate the requirements, such as avoiding jail, and possibly fight for a dismissal or a plea of a lower offense.
It is important to hire an attorney who will go through all of the facts and defend you at all stages of court. As a client you should be informed and never left in the dark. Our firm takes great pride in communicating with our clients, while others may simply treat you like a case number.
Your driver’s license will also be suspended for 90 days by the DMV if you get a DUI conviction or if the DMV finds you were driving under the influence. Your attorney can request a DMV hearing on your behalf to fight for your driving privileges.
Our firm knows that even a DUI first can be stressful and confusing, but we are here to help. Contact our firm by calling (702) 750-9139 to set up a free consultation with an attorney to discuss your case and defenses.