9.13.2018

Can You Drive After Being Arrested for a DUI in Las Vegas?

Written by: The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence and have already been processed through the system, you may be wondering about your driving privileges. After all, you likely need your license to get to work or school and generally move about town.  The following are a few things you need to know about a Las Vegas or Nevada DUI and the consequences associated with your driving privileges.

A blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher may result in losing your license.
According to Nevada DUI Law, if your blood alcohol level was found to be 0.08 or higher, you will be charged with driving under the influence. Although you will be arrested under suspicion of DUI, it will be confirmed by a breathalyzer test or blood draw at the police station. Once the DUI alcohol amounts are confirmed, your driver’s license will immediately be taken from you. In fact, with breathalyzer results available immediately, they will literally confiscate your driver’s license and you will walk out of the police station with a pink piece of paper that will be your license for seven days only. After seven days, this paper is worthless, and driver’s license is suspended. It should be noted that if you take a blood test instead of a breathalyzer test, it will take weeks, perhaps months to get the results of the test and because the results are not known immediately, you will still have your license, but this only delays the license revocation process.

Driving with a suspended driver’s license is illegal

If the breathalyzer test shows a result of .08 or higher, seven days later, you will lose your license. At this point, you cannot legally drive.  Never drive on a suspended license. You are only compounding your legal issues if you get caught doing this. Getting caught driving on a suspended license can result in a $1,000 fine, 30 days in jail, and losing your driving privilege for an additional year.

You may request a DMV Hearing within seven days

There are two legal consequences of your DUI. The first is a charge of DUI that you will go to criminal court for, and the second is a civil court that will address the issue of your driver’s license. Within seven days of your driver’s license suspension, you can request a DMV Hearing. At the same time you can request a temporary driver’s license.  Although you can do this yourself, it is easier to have it done by a DUI Attorney because it is easy to make a mistake without DUI Law experience. If you do not do this, your driving privileges will be suspended for 90 days on a DUI 1starrest, one year on a DUI 2nd arrest, and three years for a DUI 3rd arrest.  The Law Office of Garrett Ogata will always handle your DMV hearing for no extra charge when retained for the criminal DUI offense.

Losing your driving privileges

The impact of losing your driving privileges varies from one person to the next, but it can directly affect a person’s income due to an inability to get to and from their job. Additionally, there are many people who drive as part of their job. In these cases, you cannot work without a valid driver’s license and may lose your job altogether. There are hardship cases where people will lose their income without driving, so a judge may allow a limited amount of driving solely for the purpose of working. This type of case should always be handled by a DUI Attorney in Clark County. The Law Office Of Garrett T. Ogata is a good example of this. They have handled many Las Vegas DUI cases.

The importance of having an experienced Attorney

Having an attorney working for you during the entire process of a DUI charge can help mitigate the effects of it on your life. The Law Office Of Garrett T. Ogata has this type of experience. Garrett T. Ogata is licensed to practice law in Nevada, and with an office in Las Vegas, he has decades of experience with Las Vegas DUI and with criminal charges in general. Although there are no guarantees, hiring an experienced, aggressive, quality DUI Attorney will help you to get the best possible outcome .

If you have questions and would like to speak to Garrett Ogata, please feel free to email info@gtogata.com for a free consultation.

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