Depending on the severity of your DUI, you are usually looking at a misdemeanor conviction, which is considered to be the basic DUI charge in the state of Nevada. If you cause a severe injury or death, a large sum of property damage, or flea the scene of an accident while driving under the influence, you will face a felony charge. If you get arrested for a DUI, whether that be your first or second, and you do not cause any injury, death, or property damage, you will be looking solely at a misdemeanor charge. While a misdemeanor comes with lesser penalties than those of a felony, you are still going to be facing hefty consequences and have the DUI recorded on your driving and criminal record.
For your first offense, you are looking at a misdemeanor charge and facing the following penalties:
- Possible jail time (up to six months) or 96 hours of community service
- Drivers license revocation for 90 days. A restricted license may be granted after 45 days if the defendant has no further offenses
- Installation of a breath ignition interlock device for three years, if BAC exceeded 0.18 at time of the arrest. Payment for this device includes installation and monthly monitoring, all fees are paid by the defendant
- Attendance at a Nevada DUI school, paid by the defendant
- Possible order to attend a treatment program regarding substance abuse
- Mandatory fines ranging from $400 to $1,000
If you were to get a 2nd DUI within a seven-year time frame from your first DUI, you are looking at being charged with a misdemeanor and your penalties include:
- A jail or house arrest sentence for 10 days to six months
- License revocation for one year without the possibility of receiving a restricted license
- Mandatory fines ranging from $750 to $1,000
- Possibility of court ordered substance-abuse treatment or clinical supervision for one year
- Possibility of car registration suspension
- Installation of a breath ignition interlock device for three years if BAC exceeded 0.18 at time of the arrest. Payment for this device includes installation and monthly monitoring, all fees are paid by the defendant
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