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DUI Causing Injury or Death

While a first-time DUI conviction considered a misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence up to six months and a maximum fines of $1,000, the penalties are even harsher if someone suffers an injury or dies as a result of a drunk driver’s actions.

In Nevada, the legal definition of DUI causing injury or death applies when an intoxicated driver “proximately causes substantial bodily harm to, or the death of, another individual.” Even if the motorist doesn’t appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they can still be arrested for DUI causing injury or death in the state as long as their BAC is .08 or over.

DUI causing injury or death is considered a category B felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years and a fine between $2,000 and $5,000. If a defendant is found guilty of DUI causing injuries while transporting a child under 15 years of age at the time of the violation, the court may consider it an aggravating factor when determining prison time and any fines.

How a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help

Getting arrested for a DUI with injury or death in Nevada is a frightening and stressful experience. However, you are presumed innocent and that the prosecution may be unable to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Law Office of David R. Fischer can investigate your arrest and collect evidence to develop an effective and personalized defense strategy for your case. Do not hesitate to get the experienced legal help necessary to get your life back on track.

If you were arrested and charged with a DUI in Nevada, request a free consultation from our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of David R. Fischer today.