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Nevada DUI Laws

Nevada Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Laws

With it's glitzy 24-hour casinos, expansive desert, and attractions such as the Hoover Dam, Nevada surely has something for everybody. The "Silver State" also has something for those who drink alcohol and/or do drugs and drive under the influence: strict laws and big penalties.

Nevada has laws against driving under the influence similar to those in other states -- namely that a person will be in violation of the law if he or she is driving or is in physical control of a motor vehicle and is either:

Prescription Drugs and Driving

If a Nevada motorist's driving is impaired by drugs, whether the person has a legal prescription, he or she can be prosecuted the same as an alcohol-related DUI. Whether it is Percocet or Vicodin, if the driver is exhibiting signs of being under the influence such as swerving, weaving, or driving under the speed limit, he or she can be arrested and charged with a DUI in Nevada.

Possible Defenses

If you have been arrested and charged with impaired driving, there may still be hope to resolve your case. It is wise to discuss possible defenses with your attorney to see if one may apply in your case. Common defenses include an invalid reason for the traffic stop, a procedural mistake by the officer at the time of the arrest, a discrepancy with the breath or blood sample you provided.

This chart lays out the basics of Nevada's DUI laws:

Nevada DUI Laws: Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits and Implied Consent

"Per Se" BAC Limit 0.08 Percent
Zero Tolerance (Underage) BAC Limit 0.02 Percent
Enhanced Penalty (Aggravated) BAC Limit 0.18 Percent
Implied Consent to Submit to BAC Test? Yes

Nevada DUI Laws: Select Penalties

Minimum License Suspension or Revocation (1st, 2nd, 3rd offense) 90 days (restricted after 45 days) / 1 years / 3 years
Mandatory Alcohol Education, Assessment and Treatment Both including a Victim Impact Panel
Vehicle Confiscation Possible? No (registration restrictions for repeat offenders)
Ignition Interlock Device Possible? Yes (discretionary for first non-aggravated offense, mandatory for aggravated or repeat offenders)

Nevada DUI Resources:

Need Help with a Nevada DUI? Contact an Attorney

A DUI arrest should never be taken lightly. There are both administrative and criminal penalties at stake if you're convicted. While you likely have a lot to think about, a good first step in deciding what's right for you is to reach out to a DUI attorney in Nevada who can evaluate your case and let you know your options moving forward.

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