07 May What Will Happen On My First DUI?
Mistakes happen, and sometimes they have consequences that can really hurt. DUI in Las Vegas is one of those mistakes that happen to people every day. Most of these people have no criminal records and have never been in trouble before, they just thought that they could drive when they were actually over the legal limit for alcohol. It happens all the time in Nevada, you have a few drinks while you are out with friends and when it comes time to drive home you think you have waited long enough. You feel fine, and even though you had a few drinks over the course of the last couple of hours, it must be out of your system by now. You get behind the wheel and start driving home, only to see the cop lights in your rear view mirror. Now all of a sudden you are doubting that you are not over the limit. You probably don’t even know what the limit is. When the cop comes up to the car and asks if you have been drinking tonight, you answer “just a few beers but that was hours ago.” He asks you to step out of the car because he smells alcohol on your breath, and asks you to take a breathalyzer test. You blow over the legal limit and are arrested for DUI. How did this happen when you didn’t feel drunk at all?
Let’s put it this way, the legal limits for blood alcohol level in Las Vegas are really low. A BAC of .08% for adults, .04% for commercial drivers and .02% for anyone under 21 is the limit. This translates to one beer, one glass of wine or one shot for most adults. There are other factors that will come into play like how much you weigh, but these are roughly the limits. If you had two beers an hour and a half ago, you are probably over the legal limit. If you had two martinis at lunch you are probably over the legal limit. You might feel perfectly fine, but unfortunately you are breaking the law without even knowing it. All the questions that you answered from the cop, and that breathalyzer test result are going to be used against you in court. So what is going to happen now?
You are going to hire a DUI lawyer to handle this for you. There is no better choice you can make because if you try to handle it on your own you are going to get sentenced. That DUI conviction is going to impact your life for a long time, and if you get into trouble again in the next seven years you could go to jail for up to six months. You are going to pay fines and do community service. All of these things might be able to be avoided if we can find problems with the way the tests were administered, or if it were an illegal stop. Even if the cops did everything right, we can still probably get you the most lenient sentence possible, and make it so you avoid jail time. Yes, you can be put in jail for up to six months for your first DUI offense. We know how to avoid these unfortunate punishments. You already made one mistake, don’t make another one.