Las Vegas DUI Attorney
Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common offenses committed throughout Las Vegas and the state of Nevada, as many people visit Sin City to enjoy the nightlife. This is considered to be a very serious offense under the law, however, and anyone found to be operating a motor vehicle with an unlawful blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher—.02% for minors under 21 years old and no minimum BAC for commercial drivers—will be subject to serious legal penalties. DUI charges are also applicable to any driver found to be under the influence of drugs and/or a controlled substance.
Some of the issues our firm can help with include the following:
Beat Your DUI
You best chance of challenging a drunk driving charge is to secure legal resources, such as talking to a Las Vegas criminal lawyer. With an attorney, you will have the tools and resources necessary to beat your DUI charges.
Breath & Blood Tests
Many people confuse breath tests, breathalyzer tests, and blood tests. There are generally criminal consequences for refusing a chemical test, such as a blood test or breathalyzer test, which are administered after an arrest takes place. Breath tests, on the other hand, do not always have consequences for a refusal.
For commercial drivers, such as those who drive a public transportation vehicle or a semi-truck, the legal limit is much lower at .04%. In some cases, these drivers can face lifelong commercial driver's license suspension if they are convicted of DUI while driving a commercial vehicle.
After a DUI arrest has taken place, a defendant will only have several days to contact their Department of Motor Vehicles and schedule an administrative hearing. At this hearing, it is best to have legal representation to challenge the suspension or revocation of the defendant's driver's license.
DUI & Auto Insurance
When a person is arrested for a drunk driving offense, they are often unaware of how it will affect other aspects of their life besides for just their criminal record. In addition to possible jail or imprisonment, fines and other consequences, they may face penalties through their insurance provider as well.
In Las Vegas and throughout the state of Nevada, DUI arrests are quite common. With the large "party" scene in Las Vegas, many individuals get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. While a DUI arrest is difficult to fight, it is not impossible.
Drugs & DUI
While driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous to you and those drivers around you, driving under the influence of an illegal drug or substance is just as life-threatening. It is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible if you were given a chemical test that resulted in an arrest for DUI of drugs.
DUI Causing Death
Intentionally or unintentionally causing death to another person is a wrongful act that occurs on a daily basis. While it is a tragic event and can leave many parties involved traumatized, the law believes that someone should have to pay, especially if a drunk driver was involved in the accident.
DUI with Injury
When a person is involved in a drunk driving accident, they are often left with the responsibility to pay for the criminal consequences and for the injuries and damages that they have caused. Unfortunately, the accident may not have been the fault of the defendant, yet they are left with this responsibility.
There are several ways that a person can be charged with felony DUI, such as being arrested for a subsequent DUI charge within a certain amount of years and causing a drunk driving car accident that resulted in serious injury or death.
Field Sobriety Tests
A field sobriety test is a test that is administered at the scene of the police stop by an officer who believes that a driver is under the influence of some type of mind altering substance. Some of the most common tests include the walk and turn test, one leg stand test, and the horizontal gaze Nystagmus test.
First Time DUI
For first time DUI offenders, the law does not let drivers "off the hook," and will not be lenient when it comes to the penalties. Fortunately, with a strong defense counsel, a first time offender may be able to challenge the charges and fight to seek reduced penalties or dropped charges.
Ignition Interlock Device
The ignition interlock device is a piece of equipment that is installed in an individual's car by order of the court if he or she has been convicted of DUI. It forces the driver to submit a breath test before being able to start the ignition of a vehicle.
If you are facing a subsequent DUI charge, you already understand how the criminal system works and why it is so crucially important to secure legal resources while time still allows it. You cannot afford to have more than one drunk driving conviction on your criminal record or your driving record.
Out of State DUI
Las Vegas brings in many out of town visitors, especially those from outside states and countries. If you have been charged with drunken driving while on vacation in Las Vegas, Nevada, it is important to retain the legal services of a seasoned DUI defense attorney.
Revocation of License
After being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, your license or permit will be revoked for ninety days. If you request a hearing, you could be given a temporary license. To learn more, contact a Las Vegas DUI attorney from our firm.
If your child has been charged with drunk driving, or driving under the influence of drugs, their entire future is on the line and it will be imperative for you to schedule a meeting with a DUI defense lawyer. The policy for underage drinking in Nevada is strict, and any person under 21 with any trace of drugs or alcohol in their system will face harsh consequences.
Unlawful Police Stops
For a police officer to pull over and make an arrest for DUI, they must adhere to certain guidelines set out by the law. There are certain actions that a police officer can pull a car over for if they suspect drunk driving, and there are many more in which they are legally not allowed to.
In some drunk driving cases, a person's vehicle will be impounded and their license will be suspended as consequences of driving drunk or under the influence of drugs. If you believe that you have wrongfully been accused of DUI and have had your car impounded as a result, talk to our office today.
Choose Strong DUI Defense
In order to determine whether or not a driver is mentally and/or impaired by alcohol or drugs, a law enforcement officer will usually request that a driver complete a series of field sobriety tests—including the One-Leg Stand, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus and the Walk and Turn. If the individual performs poorly on these tests, a breath or blood test may subsequently be administered to determine their blood alcohol concentration. If their BAC level is above .08%, they will likely be arrested on the spot. They will then await a trial date to determine whether or not they are guilty of these charges.
There are a number of viable defenses that can be explored on your behalf. Field sobriety tests are often administered improperly, and physical and environmental factors can negatively influence your results. Breath test devices can be calibrated incorrectly or malfunction and affect the results, and if the lab technician did not follow standard guidelines to draw your blood or analyze your sample, the results can be tainted. By investigating all aspects of your case, De Castroverde Law Group can develop a comprehensive and compelling defense for your case.