After a driving under the influence ("DUI") arrest, even an individual with no prior record faces stiff criminal penalties if convicted of a first lifetime DUI. Nevada law provides for certain "minimum mandatory" punishments, which the court must impose after a conviction.
First DUI Penalties under Nevada Law
Although the penalties are harsh, it is important to remember that depending on the facts of your case important defenses exist under Nevada law to protect you from a conviction. These protections include the outright dismissal of the charges if insufficient evidence exists to support the accusations, or motions to suppress or exclude evidence which may greatly diminish the prosecutors, chances for a conviction at trial.
Obtaining an experienced Las Vegas DUI attorney immediately after the arrest is important because critical deadlines exist to fighting the charges. Contact our office for a free consultation today so that you can learn what you must do immediately to protect yourself after a drunk driving arrest. Your attorney can help you act quickly to preserve all avenues of attacking this serious criminal charge for a first time DUI under Nevada law.
Penalties for Driving Under the Influence 1st DUI Offense
The penalties for driving under the influence depend on whether you have previously been convicted of any DUI offense within the past SEVEN (7) years. The 7-year period is calculated from the prior arrest date to the current arrest date.
NOTE: If you have a prior DUI conviction that falls outside of the seven (7) year period, the prosecutor and court may still consider that prior conviction. However, the maximum sentence and minimum mandatory provisions under Nevada law still remain the same as a first lifetime DUI.
Nevada law provides that when an individual enters a guilty or "no contest" plea, the court must impose the following punishments:
Law Office of Joel M. Mann | Nevada DUI Defense Attorney for First Time DUI Offenders
Even a 1st drunk driving arrest can carry harsh penalties. If you've been arrested for a first DUI offense in Clark County, Nevada, contact our office to set up a free consultation to discuss your case with Las Vegas DUI attorney, Joel Mann. Find out more about defending your first time DUI offense.
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