A first-time DUI charge can be scary and overwhelming. But you have rights, and we can help. Get started by requesting a free case review today.
In Nevada, a first DUI conviction is charged as a misdemeanor offense. However, it is still taken very seriously by the courts. Potential penalties for a first DUI include:
first offense will also lead to 4 driver’s license demerit points. These extra points can significantly increase your auto insurance rates for years.
While a first DUI is a misdemeanor in Nevada, a second offense within seven years becomes a felony charge. This brings much harsher punishments, like 1-6 years in prison.
That’s why fighting a first DUI and avoiding a conviction that can haunt your record is so important. An experienced DUI defense attorney can help.
There are effective strategies a knowledgeable lawyer can use to contest your first DUI charge, including:
Don’t go it alone against experienced DUI prosecutors. A tough lawyer levels the playing field and works to get charges reduced or dismissed.
It’s critical to act quickly after a first DUI arrest in Nevada. Here’s why:
By promptly hiring a lawyer after your arrest, you ensure someone is already working on your side, gathering evidence, requesting police reports, reviewing the case details, and preparing your most vital defense strategy.
Timeliness is key in DUI cases. Don’t wait to get experienced legal help on your side.
The Rosenblum Law Firm has dedicated DUI defense attorneys with a proven track record of success in Nevada courts.
If you are facing a first DUI charge, we have the skills and determination to be your advocates, including:
Don’t risk your future alone. Put our experienced DUI defense team on your side today. Call now for a free case review and learn more about how we can help fight your first DUI charge. With strong legal advocates, you have options. Fight back!
An experienced DUI defense lawyer will look for ways to get evidence suppressed or charges dismissed before trial through pre-trial motions.
For example, they may file a motion to suppress the traffic stop if there is no probable cause for the stop.
Or they may motion to exclude field sobriety or breath test results if improper procedures were followed.
Getting key evidence thrown out pre-trial can lead to reduced or dismissed charges.
An attorney may be able to negotiate with the prosecution to plead guilty to a lesser traffic offense like reckless driving rather than DUI. This avoids a DUI conviction on your record. Restricted driver’s licenses can sometimes be bargained for to allow driving for work or school during a suspension.
First-time non-violent DUI offenders may qualify for pre-trial diversion or alcohol education programs. By completing these, the DUI charges are dismissed. This leaves no criminal record behind.
If convicted, an attorney presents mitigating circumstances to the judge when arguing for the lightest sentence. Your record, employment, and family obligations might be cited. The goal is to avoid jail time and reduce fines and license suspension periods.
Politely decline field sobriety tests and ask to speak with an attorney. Do not resist officers, but do not consent to tests without counsel present.
If you decline, you can refuse a breath test, but your license will be suspended for one year.
Those who qualify based on income will have a public defender assigned at no cost. However, a hired DUI defense lawyer can provide a more focused defense.
Remain at the scene, report the accident, cooperate with medical personnel, and request an attorney if DUI is suspected. An attorney can protect your rights.
Yes, you must appear for arraignment to enter a plea. An attorney can enter the plea on your behalf if arranged in advance. Missing arraignment can result in an arrest warrant.
Very important. Motions to suppress evidence or dismiss charges before trial can completely change the outcome in your favor if granted.
Not necessarily. Your lawyer may be able to negotiate a better deal or pursue motions to improve on the initial offer. Don’t rush into any deal without exploring options.
DUI – Driving Under the Influence, also called DWI OWI. Refers to operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Misdemeanor – A minor criminal offense punishable by fines, probation, and usually no more than one year in jail. A first DUI is a misdemeanor in Nevada.
Felony – A serious criminal offense punishable by over one year in prison. A second DUI within seven years becomes a felony in Nevada.
Arraignment – Initial court hearing where formal charges are read and the defendant enters a plea.
Diversion Program – Programs that dismiss DUI charges after completion of alcohol education classes, community service, or other requirements.
SR-22 – Special insured certificate some states require for DUI offenders before license reinstatement. Proves financial responsibility.
Interlock Device – Breath test device connected to a vehicle’s ignition to prevent it from starting if alcohol is detected.
License Demerit Points – Points added to driver’s license following conviction for traffic offenses like DUI or speeding. It can raise insurance costs.
Suppress – To have evidence excluded from admission at trial because it was illegally obtained and done by filing suppression motions.
Mitigating Circumstances – Info presented to the judge intended to lessen the severity of sentencing for a conviction. This may include employment and family obligations.
In addition to providing robust legal defense, our lead attorney, Molly Rosenblum, Esq, has put together a series of resources to assist you during your time of need. Here are some of the resources she has created:
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Thank you for taking the time to read this helpful information about first-time DUIs in Nevada.
It can be stressful and confusing if you or a loved one are facing these charges.
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My name is Molly, and I’m one of the caring attorneys at The Rosenblum Law Firm.
Our team of defense attorneys have the experience you need representing clients facing a first-time DUI.
We assist countless people in this situation every year, so you can trust we know all the most effective defense strategies.
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The Rosenblum Allen Law Firm