Nevada laws on Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Prohibited Substance — referred to as DUI or DUID — are very strict. Even a first conviction can significantly impact your life in many ways. Retaining skilled legal counsel often helps minimize that impact. At The Gersten Law Firm, we know the Las Vegas court system and process. Our extensive experience in DUI and DUID cases enables us to aggressively represent anyone facing DUI charges in Las Vegas.
Nevada laws applying to DUI and DUID arrests are complex. Even a first offense carries potential severe consequences. The penalties escalate substantially for second and subsequent offenses.
You are considered to be under the influence for purposes of the DUI law if:
Generally, a DUI conviction is a misdemeanor. However, penalties increase substantially with subsequent convictions within seven (7) years, or if the DUI caused death or substantial injury to another person. The penalties for a first offense can include:
For second and subsequent offenses within seven (7) years, the penalties increase significantly and include:
In addition, for any offense after the first conviction, the registration of all motor vehicles you own will be suspended for five (5) days in the absence of a showing that justifies an exception under the statute.
Aggravating circumstances — like causing death or substantial injury, past criminal or DUI convictions, other charges associated with the arrest, or having a person under fifteen (15) years old in your car — can result in more severe penalties for your first or subsequent offense.
If you are stopped for suspicion of DUI or DUID, the best approach is to cooperate with the police officer. Under Nevada law, when you drive a vehicle, you consent to an evidentiary test by a police officer of your blood, urine, breath, or other bodily substance to determine the concentration of alcohol or a controlled substance in your blood or breath. If you refuse, you can be arrested immediately and taken to a facility to have the alcohol or drug test administered. Your driver’s license can be seized and suspended as a result of the refusal.
If you are issued a citation, even if it is your first DUI charge, consulting with legal counsel is in your best interest. Beyond the legal penalties of a DUI conviction, there are potential consequences on your life. You will have a misdemeanor criminal conviction on your record. Negative consequences can include:
If you have more than one DUI conviction, the negative impacts on your life will be even more significant than they are with a single conviction.
In addition to examining all the facts and circumstances to determine whether the charge itself can be challenged, Las Vegas DUI defense attorney Joseph Gersten will aggressively represent you. He will exhaust every opportunity to get the charge dismissed, plea bargain it to a lesser offense, and minimize the penalties you face, all of which can help lessen the impact on your record and your life.
Attorney Gersten is a seasoned, trusted criminal defense attorney. He is also a highly-trained investigator and a keen analyst of both law and facts. With The Gersten Law Firm on your side, you will benefit from Attorney Gersten’s unique background and extensive experience.
If you are facing DUI or DUID charge in Las Vegas, Henderson, or elsewhere in Clark County, Las Vegas attorney Joseph Gersten will discuss and evaluate your case based on his extensive criminal defense, investigative, and analytical experience. Your initial consultation is free-of-charge. Call 702.857.8777 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment.