June 2

DUI Penalties: The Consequences of Drunk Driving in Nevada

In Nevada, a DUI offense is measured using the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of the driver. A BAC of 0.08% or higher for regular drivers, 0.04% or higher for commercial vehicle drivers, and 0.02% or higher for those under 21 years old are considered offenses. Penalties for DUI offenses depend on the severity of the situation and the number of prior convictions the offender has in the previous seven years.

First DUI Offense

A first-time DUI offense is classified as a misdemeanor, with the following penalties:

  • Two days to six months in jail or 24 to 96 hours of community service
  • Fines ranging from $400 to $1,000, in addition to a $70 civil penalty
  • DUI school (with offender-shouldered cost, averaging $150)
  • A 90-day license suspension, with the possibility of obtaining a restricted license after 45 days
  • Possible installation and maintenance of an ignition interlock device (IID) for three to six months at the offender’s expense (average cost ranges from $60 to $90 monthly, not including the initial $70 to $100 installation fee)

Second Offense

With a second DUI offense, the penalties escalate as follows:

  • Ten days to six months in jail, with mandatory residential confinement for ten days if the jail term is suspended
  • Fines from $750 to $1,000 or an equal amount of community service
  • Participation in a victim impact panel
  • License suspension for one year without eligibility for a restricted license
  • Installation and maintenance of an IID for one year following license reinstatement

Third Offense

A third DUI offense within seven years is considered a Category B felony, resulting in increased penalties:

  • One to six years in a Nevada state prison
  • Fines ranging from $2,000 to $5,000
  • Participation in a victim impact panel and alcohol or drug dependency evaluation
  • License suspension for three years, followed by an IID installation for three years

In addition to these penalties, other consequences can impact the offender’s life and relationships. A DUI conviction can significantly increase car insurance premiums, limit job opportunities (particularly if a clean driving record is required), and strain personal and professional relationships.

It is of the utmost importance to remember that driving under the influence is not only dangerous but has long-lasting consequences on your life. If faced with DUI charges in Nevada, seeking help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer can provide invaluable guidance, as they understand the intricacies of the legal process and can assist in navigating the ins and outs of your case.

Richard P. Davies and his team use their many years of experience to create an effective defense to help you fight DUI charges. Call (775) 360-6894 or email us to schedule a free consultation.


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