What You Must Know if You Are Arrested for DUI

Written by: The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata

If you have been arrested for DUI, you probably have a lot of questions right now. Before all else, there is some important information that you need to be aware of. Being properly informed of your rights and options gives you a significantly better chance of keeping your license:

*Contact an attorney immediately. If you plan on using legal representation, you must call them as soon as possible after your arrest to increase your chances of a successful outcome.

*If you performed a breathalyzer test, you have only SEVEN (7) DAYS to contact the state DMV to ask for a hearing. You should have received a temporary license at the time of your arrest and after completion of your breathalyzer test. The license is valid for only 7 days, during which time you or your attorney should contact the DMV in order to request a formal hearing. A DMV request permits you to continue legally driving until the formal Hearing has been concluded and the judge has sent down a decision about your driving privileges.

*If you were given a blood test, it will take approximately 30 to 45 days for results to be returned. After this stage has been completed, the DMV will mail a letter notifying you that your license has been suspended for 90 days. You should contact our office immediately after receiving this DMV letter. As first-rate Las Vegas DUI defense lawyers, we can help you get your life back on track.

The Charges:

If you’ve been arrested on DUI charges, you’re probably wondering, “What penalties am I facing?” Penalties can vary based on many factors, but here are the basic guidelines put in place by the State of Nevada for first offenders:

  • Jail sentence ranging from two (2) days to six (6) months
  • Fines ranging from $400 to $1,000
  • Compulsory participation in a “Victim Impact Panel”
  • Eight (8) hours of DUI School (this can be done online)
  • 90-day license revocation

If your BAC is over .18, the Court will demand that a drug/alcohol assessment be completed prior to sentencing, which could result in an additional six months of counseling.

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