DUI cases in Las Vegas are vigorously prosecuted. The Clark County District Attorney’s Office has a special division of prosecutors devoted to prosecting DUI offenses to the full extent of the law. At the Spartacus Law Firm we vigorously protect and defend the rights of our clients. There are often defenses that can be invoked to mitigate the harsh consequences of a first time DUI in Las Vegas.
Chandon Spartacus Alexander has the experience you need to beat your DUI case, the Spartacus Law Firm is consistently ranked as one of the best criminal defense law firms in Las Vegas. You need an experienced Las Vegas DUI Attorney | DUI Defense | Spartacus Law Firm to protect your rights and your freedom.
DUI penalties, fines and charges in Nevada:
According to NRS §484C.110, it is unlawful for any person, to operate or be in control of a motor vehicle if they:
- Are under the influence of intoxicating alcohol or liquor
- Have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or more
- Have a BAC of 0.08% or higher within two hours of driving
First DUI Penalties
A first offense DUI in Las Vegas, Neevada is considered a misdemeanor with a sentence of 2 days to 6 months in jail, $400.00 to $1000.00 in fines, an 8-hour DUI School, a 185-day license suspension, and attendance at a mandatory victim impact panel class.
Drivers convicted of a first DUI must serve either two days to six months in jail or perform 48 to 96 hours of community service while wearing clothing that identifies the driver as someone convicted of DUI. The fine ranges from $400 to $1000. Convicted drivers are also required to pay for and attend an educational course on drug and alcohol abuse and install an IID on their car for 185 days as a condition for getting their license back.
First DUI With BAC Of .18% Or More
Penalties are more serious for a driver if they have a BAC of .18% or higher. On top of the standard first DUI penalties mentioned above, you may also be required to install an interlock ignition device (IID) for a period of 12 to 36 months. Along with an IID, you may also be required to attend a drug and alcohol treatment program.
You will also be required to carry SR-22 insurance, which will be more costly than your existing insurance.
Potential DUI Defenses
At the Spartacus Law Firm we realize that every case has a defense, and some common defenses include:
- Blood testing equipment malfunction or misuse
- Lack of experience or care from equipment handlers
- Lack of probable cause from the police officer
- Improper procedure with the field sobriety tests
- The defendant’s physical condition inadvertently affected the results of the blood test
A common question that arises if someone is convicted of a DUI is when can they get their criminal history record erased. It is important to note that if you do not petition to have your record sealed a criminal conviction is on your record forever, this applies to any crime. Nevada Revised Statues 179.245 allows a first-time offender to have their record sealed after seven years. It is also important to note that sealing your DUI conviction is extremely important, if you are arrested for a DUI in the future penalties are enhanced for each subsequent DUI offense. The DUI laws in Las Vegas, Nevada are harsh, and you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to help navigate this process.
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Facing the potential outcomes of an arrest can be treated as one of the difficult experiences in someone’s life. In addition to harsh penalties there are collateral effects to professional licenses for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. A DUI conviction is reportable to the appropriate state licensing Board and can result in disciplinary sanctions from your respective Board. Not disclosing the DUI in a timely fashion can have even harsher consequences on a professional license. In some instances a DUI charge can be reduced to a moving violation offense and this type of offense would not have to be reported to a licensing Board.
The Spartacus Law Firm’s Las Vegas DUI Attorney | DUI Defense | Spartacus Law Firm criminal defense team can help not only defend your DUI case, but can also assist with collateral issues such as professional licensing discipline. If you have been arrested for a DUI please contact attorney Chandon S. Alexander today for a consultation.