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Nevada DUI Information

In Nevada, anyone with a blood alcohol level of .08%, or greater, is considered to be DUI.  In some instances, a driver can be arrested even if their blood alcohol content is less than .08% or if they are under the influence of a controlled or prohibited substance.  First time offenders will face a minimum of two days, and a maximum of six months, in jail. Community service, ranging from 48 to 96 hours, may be ordered in lieu of incarceration. 

In addition to potential jail time, fines ranging from $400.00 to $1,000.00 may be imposed along with surcharges and other fees.  Most offenders are ordered to attend a victim’s impact panel and/or some type of alcohol or substance abuse treatment program.  Upon conviction of a first offense, the individual is subject to a license revocation for 90 days.

Youthful offenders, who are categorized as being under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol content of .02% or higher, will be subject to potential fines and/or having their driver’s license suspended for a period of 90 days.  In addition, an alcohol evaluation will likely be ordered by the court and will cost the offender approximately $100.00.

Anyone driving in the state of Nevada is doing so with the implied consent to testing.  If a suspect refuses to adhere to a test, police officers may use any reasonable force in order to obtain a test and it’s results.  Individuals who are involved in a DUI, which causes personal injury or death, may face felony charges and much harsher penalties than a typical first time DUI offender.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, DUI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.





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