When people are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in the Las Vegas area, they also frequently receive tickets for the alleged offenses that led to reasons for the traffic stops. In most cases, these citations for alleged offenses such as improper lane change or a broken taillight pale in comparison to the DUI arrest and ultimately get dismissed as part of a plea bargain.
However, there are other cases in which a DUI may be just one of several serious criminal charges an alleged offender is facing. For example, a 43-year-old man was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in substantial bodily harm after an alleged hit-and-run accident on September 6.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the alleged drunk driver was attempting to park his truck at a liquor store on South Rainbow Boulevard when he ran the vehicle onto the sidewalk and struck a 37-year-old employee standing in front of the establishment. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Lieutenant Jeff Goodwin told the Review-Journal that the victim was pinned up against the building.
The alleged offender then backed into an unoccupied sport utility vehicle in the parking lot before driving away on Rainbow where he was forced to stop when police blocked his path. The victim was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
In Nevada, a DUI resulting in death or substantial bodily harm is classified as a category B felony, but failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in bodily injury to or the death of a person is also a category B felony. Some of the other serious charges that people arrested for DUI in Clark County also face include, but are not limited to:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Driving While License Suspended
- Reckless Driving
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
If you were charged with another crime in addition to a recent DUI arrest, it is in your best interest to seek the help of a knowledgeable Las Vegas DUI lawyer as soon as possible. Even if you have no prior criminal record, a prosecutor is highly likely to use any extra criminal charges to seek the harshest possible sentence against you. Working with an experienced attorney will give you the best chance of having the charges reduced or possibly even dismissed.