DUI Defense For Out of State Tourists

Written by: The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata

Dedicated DUI Representation for Las Vegas Tourists and Visitors

Tens of millions of people visit Las Vegas each year. Despite being named “Sin City” many people are disheartened to find out that they can be arrested for common crimes like driving under the influence on the Strip. 

If you are a Las Vegas visitor who has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you may be wondering whether you will face criminal charges. Unfortunately, being a non-resident does not prevent you from being charged. As an out-of-state tourist, you need experienced legal representation to help you protect your rights.

At The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, we help people who have been arrested for a Las Vegas DUI. If you are from out of state, you still need to take steps to protect your driving privileges and your freedom. Contact our office at (702) 366-0891 for a free, confidential consultation. 

Las Vegas Laws Regarding DUI

Non-residents and other tourists from out of state, generally face the same penalties as Nevada residents if they are arrested for drunk driving in Las Vegas. 

According to the Nevada Revised Statutes Section 484C.110, it is unlawful to drive:

  • Under the influence of an intoxicating liquor;
  • With a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher;
  • Under the influence of a controlled substance; or
  • Under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance.

Penalties for being convicted of DUI can range in severity depending on a number of factors including whether there was an accident with injuries, your blood alcohol concentration, and if you have a previous conviction for driving under the influence. 

For a first offense, you may need to pay a fine of $400 up to $1000, complete an alcohol education program, and attend a Victim Impact Panel. You could also face jail time depending on the situation.

How a Las Vegas DUI Will Affect Your Driving Privileges

With the exception of a few, most states are part of the Interstate Driver License Compact or abide by its rules. This means that if you are arrested for a DUI in Nevada and your home state is part of the compact, Nevada will share the arrest information with your home state. Your driving privileges could then be suspended in your home state. 

Even if your home state does not abide by the Interstate Driver License Compact, Nevada may suspend your driving privileges within the state of Nevada. It is important to discuss your case with a Las Vegas DUI attorney to determine how your driving privileges will be affected in Nevada and your state of residence.

Why You Need a Las Vegas DUI Attorney

If you are an out-of-state visitor who has been arrested for driving under the influence, you may be required to appear in court if you do not have legal representation. In many cases, an attorney can appear on your behalf if misdemeanor charges are filed against you. Additionally, an attorney can help to fight the charges and seek a reduction or dismissal on your case.

An attorney can also help you get credit in Nevada for completing your sentencing requirements in your home state. Without the help of an attorney, you could face additional penalties. It is important to note that simply ignoring the charges and returning to your state of residence could result in a warrant being issued for your arrest.

Get the Legal Help You Need Now

Were you arrested for an out-of-state DUI in Nevada? The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata can help you get the best possible results on your case. Protect your driving privileges and your freedom with the help of a qualified lawyer. Contact our office now at (702) 366-0891 for a free consultation.

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