Las Vegas DUI/DWI Attorney
If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI) in Las Vegas, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help protect your rights and defend you against these serious criminal charges.
Karen A. Connolly represents those facing DUI and DWI charges in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas.
The DUI Process in Las Vegas
After an arrest for drunk driving in Nevada, you typically receive a citation to appear in court on a date sometime in the near future. When you go to court, you will have to enter a plea and answer to the criminal charges. If you were charged with misdemeanor DUI, a lawyer can usually appear at this hearing on your behalf, which means that you won’t be required to go to court.
Arrested for DUI in Nevada?
This hearing is the first major step in the criminal case against you. A Las Vegas DUI attorney will work to obtain police reports pertaining to your DUI or DWI arrest, reports from the laboratory that tested your blood, maintenance history on the breathalyzer machine used in the field, and other relevant evidence. A reputable DUI lawyer will develop a credible defense to your charges in an effort to secure an acquittal, minimize your sentence, or have your case dismissed.
Those charged with DUI also face a hearing before the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). During this proceeding, the DMV will determine whether your driver license will be suspended. Having your license suspended can be devastating. Karen A. Connolly can represent you at the DMV hearing, where it is possible to win the hearing and avoid having your license suspended.
Las Vegas DUI Laws
In Nevada, the blood alcohol content (BAC) that triggers a DUI if you are over 21 years old is .08%. If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, a BAC of .02% or more can trigger a DUI charge.
The DUI penalties that may be imposed after your first DUI include two days to six months in jail, fines up to $1,000, and a 90-day license suspension. If this is your second DUI offense, you may be sentenced to 10 days to six months in jail, receive up to $1,000 in fines, and lose your license for one year. If this is your third DUI, you may be sentenced to one to six years in jail, receive up to $5,000 in fines, and have your license suspended for three years.
Some people who are convicted of DUI are required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicles. An ignition interlock device prevents your car from starting until you pass a breath test and establish that you have not been drinking. Some ignition interlock devices require you to take a breath test while driving. An IID is expensive to install, and there are monthly fees associated with maintaining the device.
Las Vegas DUI Lawyer
A Las Vegas DUI lawyer can help you avoid the costly and serious penalties of the DUI. Karen A. Connolly has experience arguing before Clark County Courts and negotiating with the Clark County Office of the District Attorney.
If you are facing DUI charges in Las Vegas and need help from a lawyer, call Karen A. Connolly at (702) 678-6700 to discuss your case today.