Las Vegas, Nevada is known the world over as a party city. People understandably
want to have fun on the strip from sun up to sundown. In the wild nights
and exciting days, however, mistakes can easily be made, and you might
find yourself getting arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) while trying to get back to your hotel or cruising to the next casino.
You were only trying to have some fun with your friends and family –
so what can be done now to defend yourself against the harsh scrutiny
of an unforgiving legal system?
Stay Calm and Get Help
Just about everything that can be used against you at any future hearings
or trials is going to stem from your actual arrest. Try to recall what
happened and how.
Did you take any field sobriety tests (FST)? Even though a police officer
will usually request for you to take an FST, you are not under any obligation
to do so. Did you refuse to submit to any chemical testing, such as blood,
breath, or urine samples? In Nevada, drivers are subject to an “implied
consent” law, which states that if they are using public roadways,
they will submit to any chemical tests an officer requests, or face legal
penalties. Refusing to take any chemical tests could trigger an automatic
No matter what happened during your arrest, it is important not to overact
after the fact. Do not supply any additional information to the police
and get some help from a professional Las Vegas DUI attorney as soon as
possible. With their support, you might have your charges reduced or dropped,
and the arrest might be kept off your record.
But I Was Only Visiting!
A disproportionate number of people arrested in Las Vegas for DUIs are
not actual residents of Nevada State. Instead, they are visitors who are
in the city for just a few days. If you live in New York and were arrested
on the Vegas strip, does this mean you need to come all the way back to
Nevada to defend yourself?
In most cases, the answer is
no. First and second offenses are typically misdemeanors, which can be handled
entirely by a Vegas DUI lawyer on your behalf. An attorney could even
go to any subsequent DMV hearings for you. It all boils down to finding
an attorney that is willing to go the extra mile for you.
Law Office of David R. Fischer, we can handle your
criminal defense case from start to finish while you focus on other matters in your home
state. Call 702.866.9864 today to learn your legal options and all that
we can do for you.