Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious offense with severe consequences, and Las Vegas has stringent laws in place to address and deter impaired driving.
The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for driving in Las Vegas is 0.08%. This means that if a driver’s BAC is measured at or above 0.08%, they are considered to be driving under the influence (DUI) and can face legal consequences.
Las Vegas has a “Zero Tolerance” policy for underage drinking and driving. In other words, individuals under the age of 21 are prohibited from operating a vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system. Underage individuals caught driving with even a small amount of alcohol in their system can face legal consequences, such as license suspension, fines, and mandatory participation in alcohol education programs.
Implied consent means that by obtaining a driver’s license and operating a vehicle on Las Vegas roads, individuals implicitly agree to submit to chemical tests (such as breath, blood, or urine tests) to determine the presence of alcohol or drugs if they are suspected of driving under the influence (DUI).
If a driver refuses to take a chemical test when requested by law enforcement, they may face administrative penalties separate from any criminal penalties for DUI. These administrative penalties often include an automatic driver’s license suspension.
The penalties for DUI offenses can vary based on factors such as the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC), prior offenses, and whether there are aggravating circumstances. Here is an overview:
Second Offense (within 7 years of the first)
Third Offense (within 7 years of the first)—Felony Charge
DUI offenses with aggravating factors, such as causing personal injury in Las Vegas, or death, can lead to enhanced penalties, such as 2 to 20 years in prison.
Civil damages typically refer to the financial compensation that a victim of a DUI-related incident may seek from the impaired driver responsible for the harm. Civil damages are separate from criminal penalties and are pursued through a civil lawsuit filed by the injured party to hold the intoxicated driver accountable for their medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, etc.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver or you yourself are facing drunk driving charges, contact a Las Vegas Drunk Driving Accident Attorney. They may offer a free consultation on your case and provide legal guidance moving forward.