Blog

Key Things to Know About Dealing With a First DUI

DUI refers to Driving Under the Influence. This is a serious charge and it comes with a long list of consequences. Dealing with a first (and hopefully only) DUI is also a scary experience for some individuals, especially if one has never been in trouble with the law before. For this reason, here are some key things to know and understand when dealing with a first DUI charge in Las Vegas.

What to Do if You Are Stopped by a Police Officer on a Suspicion of DUI

If you have been stopped by a police officer for suspicion of DUI, you have a right to kindly refuse to submit to the field sobriety tests without any actions being taken against you, either administratively or criminally. However, by law you are required to submit to a chemical test if the officer requests this from you. This includes the breathalyzer test to check for alcohol, drugs, or intoxicants in your body. If you refuse the breathalyzer test, your driver’s license may be confiscated and revoked.

Penalties for a First DUI Offense

In most cases, a person convicted of a first DUI will receive the minimum mandatory sentence which may include:

  • Court fines ranging from $400 to $1000 plus court costs
  • Attending DUI school and Victim Impact Panel
  • An order to stay out of trouble
  • 185-day of driver’s license being revoked with DMV
  • An order to install an ignition interlock device in the vehicle for at least 6 months
  • And/or at least two (2) days in jail 

Regarding Driver’s License Revocation

For first DUI offenses, the individual’s driver’s license with the DMV may be revoked for a period of 185-days. Commercial drivers arrested for the 1st DUI may receive a 1-year revocation on their commercial driver’s licenses. It is important to know that there are fees to get your license back, such as the reinstatement fee ($121) and victim’s compensation civil penalty ($35).

Hire a Las Vegas DUI Attorney to Defend you

When you hire our Las Vegas DUI attorney to defend you in the first DUI charge, the experienced attorney can defend you in the following ways: 

  • The attorney can defend you against poorly administered field sobriety tests completed by the police officers, such as critical mistakes when the officer gave instructions and rating the individual’s performance in the field sobriety tests.
  • The attorney can defend you against falsely high BAC results from breathalyzer tests, such as disputing inflated BAC results.
  • The attorney can negotiate and convince the Nevada prosecutor to reduce the DUI charge or seek a dismissal if the evidence is weak or unreliable.  

Our Las Vegas DUI attorneys are here to reduce the stress caused by a first DUI offense.  Our attorneys will appear in court on your behalf, saving you the hassle and time from having to show up in court to defend yourself. Call us today at (702) 820-0888 and let us help you.