Friday, October 10, 2014

Underage Drunk Driving in Nevada

In Nevada, underage drivers who are caught operating their vehicles with even a small amount of alcohol in their systems can face serious consequences under NRS 484C.350. As per state law, a person under the age of 21 can be charged with driving under the influence if their BAC measures .02% or higher.

Nevada’s zero tolerance policy will result in arrest for any underage driver with a BAC of .02% or more, regardless of whether they are intoxicated. If you or a loved one has been charged with an under 21 DUI, it’s important to enlist the defense of a skilled attorney who can help you fight the charges and serious consequences. Penalties for underage DUI include:

  • First Offense: 2 days to 6 months of jail time, $400-$1000 in fines, 90 day license suspension, and a mandatory evaluation to determine if they have a substance abuse problem
  • Second Offense: 10 days to 6 months of jail time, $750-$1000 in fines, and a 90 day license suspension
Aside from the legal penalties, if you are charged with underage drunk driving you could also face suspension or expulsion from your high school or college. Additionally, your insurance rates will increase significantly with a DUI arrest on your record.

Fighting Under 21 DUI Charges

Being arrested for DUI does not mean that you will automatically be convicted; you have the right to fight your charges. Depending on the specifics of your case, there may be a number of different defenses you can use to challenge the charges and evidence. Possible defenses for under 21 DUI charges include:
  • The traffic stop was done without legal justification
  • The breath test equipment that the officer used was faulty
  • Outside factors negatively impacted your ability to perform the field sobriety test
  • You were not drinking alcohol and something else caused the BAC reading
Make sure you hire an attorney who has the experience and skill needed to effectively fight your charges. At De Castroverde Law Group we provide aggressive defense for clients charged with all types of DUI offenses in Las Vegas. Contact our team today to learn how we can protect your rights and fight for you!