Las Vegas DUI Lawyer
Let Attorney David R. Fischer Take the Wheel
A common misconception is that Las Vegas law enforcement have less of a
problem with drunk drivers due to the fact that the most famous part of
the city is renowned for its wild party atmosphere. As in any other state,
though, driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious criminal offense
in Nevada and can slam you with some of the harshest penalties the criminal
justice system can offer. At the
Law Office of David R. Fischer, our Las Vegas DUI attorney is prepared to help you build a strong case
to defend your rights, regardless of the complications surrounding your arrest.
You should choose Mr. Fischer as your legal advocate for your case due
to his accomplishments, which include:
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Specifics About Nevada DUI Arrests
To be arrested for a DUI, you need to be pulled over with a high blood
alcohol concentration (BAC) level. This can be measured through several
means, although none of them are guaranteed to be accurate. Mistakes in
judgment or poorly-calibrated machinery can mislead law enforcement into
thinking your BAC is higher than it actually is, putting you in jeopardy
of being unjustly arrested.
BAC limits in Nevada are set at:
- 0.02% for drivers under 21
- 0.04% for commercially licensed drivers (truckers)
- 0.08% for virtually all other drivers
It should be noted that you
may actually be arrested for a BAC lower than the legal limit if the arresting
officer thinks you were posing a threat to other drivers due to your behavior.
Additionally, any detectable amount of an illegal substance in your system
– such as marijuana or cocaine – can be used to arrest you
for a DUI.
Field Sobriety Tests and Implied Consent
In order to try to determine if a driver is drunk, Las Vegas police frequently
use field sobriety tests when still dealing with a suspect by the side
of the road. The idea is to discover preliminary evidence that suggests
your intoxication without much trouble for either party.
Some common field sobriety tests include:
- Walking a straight line
- Standing on one foot for a minute
- Following a bright light with just your eyes
The problem that immediately arises with field sobriety tests is their
lack of accuracy and objectiveness. If you are ill, debilitated by an
injury, or just nervous, you could easily fail any of those tests while
100% sober. In fact, field sobriety tests are so unreliable that they
are not actually mandatory; you
can refuse to take them without immediate legal consequence.
Chemical tests – such as blood, breath, and urine tests – are
a bit different, however. Should you refuse to take any of these tests,
Nevada’s implied consent law will automatically revoke your driver’s
license in a punishment separate from any other possible penalties. This
means that if you are found to be sober and had refused a chemical test,
your license will still be suspended. For the most part, it is helpful
to refuse a field sobriety test but disadvantageous to refuse a chemical test.
Penalties for DUI Arrests in Las Vegas
If you do not construct a proper defense with a Vegas DWI lawyer, the chances
of your conviction could greatly increase. If you are convicted, you can
expect administrative and criminal punishments to be used against you.
For many first offenses, penalties could include:
- License revocation
- Up to six months in jail
- 96 hours of community service
- Fines and fees upwards of $1000
- Mandatory DUI school with attendance fees
Multiple convictions or DUI arrests that involved the injury of another
individual will carry even worse consequences. In some circumstances,
this could mean that you could be facing a three-year driver’s license
revocation, $5000 in fines, and six years in prison.
For Those Just Visiting Las Vegas
As Las Vegas is a prominent city for tourism and business conventions,
a disproportionate amount of people arrested for DUIs do not actually
live in Nevada. Instead they are visitors there for a weekend, either
for professional reasons or holiday. If you were arrested and live out
of state, you might be concerned about having to travel all the way back
to Las Vegas for your court dates – and potentially your trial.
For so many people, this is simply not an option due to time constraints
and financial burdens.
The good news is that for many first or second DUI offenses in Nevada,
you will only be charged with a misdemeanor, which an experienced Las
Vegas DWI attorney can entirely handle for you. If you retain the services of our
criminal defense firm, Mr. Fischer can go to court on your behalf, argue a case in your
defense, and manage relevant paperwork, all while you take care of your
personal business elsewhere. Ultimately, our goal is to make you feel
comfortable and confident that you will receive the best resolution to
your case possible.