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Las Vegas DUI Attorney Andre Lagomarsino – Metropolitan Las Vegas Experiences Increase in DUIs

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), through the first six months of the year the LVMPD arrested over 5 thousand motorists for driving under the influence (DUI). One month later that LVMPD statistic had increased to over 6 thousand motorists. This is 1 thousand more motorists than arrested by the LVMPD for DUIs at the same time last year.

Recently, while on duty, an LVMPD officer, Michael Contreras, was hit by a motorist under the influence. 45-year old Jack Bradford turned into oncoming traffic without yielding. This caused Officer Contreras to hit the back of Bradford’s truck. Bradford was charged with DUI, failure to yield to oncoming traffic, failure to obey a red light, no insurance, vehicle registration violation, and a canceled or suspended driver’s license. Officer Contreras suffered a broken wrist and head injuries.

Under Nevada law, a driver is deemed driving under the influence of alcohol and subject to arrest if the driver’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is at or above the following minimums:

• 0.02% for drivers under the age of 21 • 0.04% for commercial license holders • 0.08% for everyone else.

If found guilty of a DUI, criminal punishment is meted depending on whether it is your first, second, third, or more offense.

With a first DUI offense in Las Vegas, punishment can include:

• 2 days to 6 months in jail OR 24 to 96 hours of community service with a suspended jail sentence of up to 6 months.
• a fine of $400 to $1000, plus court costs.
• 8 hours of DUI school at the driver’s own expense.
• mandatory attendance at a Nevada Victim Impact Panel.
• a suspension of your driver’s license for 90 days, though a restricted driver’s license allowing driving to and from work or in the course of employment can be applied for after 45 days of the suspension has passed.
• installation of an “ignition interlock device” for 3 to 6 months and/or submission to alcohol abuse assessment, if the BAC is .18% or higher.

If a second DUI offense occurs in Las Vegas within 7 years of the first DUI conviction, punishment can include:

• 10 days to 6 months in jail.
• a fine of $750 to $1000, plus court costs.
• 1-200 hours of community service.
• mandatory attendance at a Nevada Victim Impact Panel.
• a suspension of your driver’s license for 1 year.
• an Alcohol Assessment Evaluation.
• installation of an “ignition interlock device” for 12 to 36 months and treatment in an alcohol abuse program, if the BAC is .18% or higher.

If a third or more offense occurs within 7 years of the first DUI conviction, the DUI conviction becomes a felony, instead of a misdemeanor for the first two offenses, and punishment can include:

• 1 to 6 years in jail.
• a fine of $2-$5,000, plus court costs.
• mandatory attendance at a Nevada Victim Impact Panel.
• a revocation of one’s driver’s license for 3 years or more.
• an Alcohol Assessment Evaluation.
• an “ignition interlock device” for 12 to 36 months and treatment in an alcohol abuse program.

If a suspected drunk driver causes injury or death to another person, additional punishment and penalties can apply.

The Las Vegas law office of Lagomarsino Law did not represent anyone involved in any cases that may be referenced above. This commentary is for educational purposes. If you would like to be represented by an attorney in our Las Vegas office, contact our office for a free confidential case review and receive a response within 24 hours. Call Toll Free 866-414-0400.