Even a first arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both is a serious offense in the State of Nevada. You will want to speak with one of the Las Vegas DUI attorneys from our offices right away after your arrest. The reason for that urgency is that if you fail to request an appropriate hearing in writing within seven days of the date of your arrest, your driver’s license will be revoked for a minimum of 185 days. If you are from another state, your DUI arrest will be reported there, so you can expect to be revoked in your home state as well.
The Legal Blood Alcohol Limits
A person who is over the age of 21 is under the influence if he or she operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more within two hours of driving. For a person with a commercial driver’s license, the limit is cut in half to .04. For an individual under the age of 21, the limit is cut in half again to .02. A person can also be charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol by being impaired to the degree that he or she cannot safely drive.
Nevada is harsh on first time DUI convictions. If a person pleads guilty or is found guilty of DUI, he or she can be sentenced to between two to 180 days in jail along with a fine of $400 to $1,000. An ignition interlock device will also be ordered. Our Las Vegas DUI attorneys might be able to arrange to have public service hours be substituted in place of jail time.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling
Our Las Vegas DUI attorneys advise that most DUI court judges will order a DUI offender to attend alcohol and substance abuse classes on a first conviction. The length of any such program usually depends on the offender’s blood alcohol content.
Don’t drink and drive when alternative forms of transportation like Uber, Lyft or taxis are available. If you choose to drive after consuming alcohol, contact one of our knowledgeable and experienced Las Vegas DUI attorneys right after any DUI arrest. You can contact us online or call 702-758-5858 to arrange a free consultation. Call today!