Do you see the sobriety check points on your streets? They are looking for the Thanksgiving Day revelers who may have had too much to drink while stuffing themselves with turkey and other holiday delights. Maybe they brought one for the road. Nevada law forbids anyone from drinking an alcoholic beverage while they are driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. Additionally, it is unlawful for anyone to have an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of a motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is being driven. If you are cited for having an open container in your car, your fine will be in excess of $300, five points will be added to your driving record, and you will be required to attend a DUI course such as those offered by ABC Drive Safe. You also risk being arrested if there is an unsealed or open container anywhere in the vehicle.
First responders, including law enforcement, have the site of DUI crashes indelibly etched in their memories. Perhaps that is why they follow the law to the letter when it comes to alcohol being present in a car. It is illegal to be in proximity to the physical controls of a car while under the influence of alcohol or drugs whether you are asleep or not. If the person is behind the wheel, has the keys in his or her possession, and must have driven the car to the location where the police officer sees the car, that person can still be arrested DUI and the penalties are the same.
The experience of being arrested for driving while impaired in any state carries an expensive price tag, in both in time and money. For the novice, the arrest is a unique learning experience. As you will discover, the last drink was definitely not worth the money.
The experience of being arrested for drunk driving in the state of Nevada carries an expensive cost, both in time and money. You lose your freedom for at least 12 hours. You will be placed in handcuffs and get a free ride to the local jail where you will be processed as a criminal, and your vehicle will be towed. Better make sure you have enough in your bank account or credit card to pay the $50 or more a day while your car is impounded.
Court fines can be over $1200, blood tests to determine BAC cost about $60, and then there is community service you will be forced to engage in once you get out of jail. You will be required to attend a DUI Course like the ones we offer at ABC Drive Safe as well as a Victim Impact Panel, which is included in our course. This is a series of presentations by victims or family members of victims whose lives were permanently changed as a direct result of drunk or drugged driving.
An interlock device will be installed in your car, at your expense, that prevents the car from starting if you are intoxicated when tested. The Interlock Device is programmed to randomly test a driver, known as a “Rolling Test.” Nevada state law permits Ignition Interlock Devices to be installed as a condition of having your driver’s license being reinstated. All required fines and fees must be paid before you are granted a restricted license. Typically, the offender must pay for the installation of the ignition interlock device, maintenance costs ranging from $50 to $200, and the costs of un-installing the device when the mandatory period has passed.
There is a monthly rental fee for the device and those costs range from $50 to $100. You will also be responsible for the cost of maintenance as well as fees for downloading the data from the Ignition Interlock Device. The device will normally need to be calibrated every 60 days. Failure to maintain the device can be seen by the courts as a violation of the Ignition Interlock Program.
More expenses for a DUI offender – attorney fees, which can start at $2500 for the first offense, $65 license reinstatement fee as well as a 35 dollar victim compensation civil penalty. When you are able to have your license return you’ll have to pay $21 for new drivers license and will be required to take a DMV vision and knowledge test. You may be required to take the driving test in order to receive your license. For the following three years you will be required to provide an SR 22 certificate of liability insurance to the DMV which will cost you up to between $200 and $400 in increased insurance premiums. A 1st DUI conviction results in an average auto insurance premium increase of 19%. A BAC of .18 at the time of arrest will result in a Mandatory Alcohol Evaluation. Must-serve 48 hours community service sentences require a $25 fee. A restricted license application will be denied if your license was suspended or revoked within the past 5 years for certain driving record convictions, the 3rd demerit point suspension, or should you have an outstanding medical or financial responsibility, or failure to appear suspension.
A second DUI conviction will cost you:
- An advanced level DUI course costing $150 or more
- $1,700 court fine
- $5,000 attorney fees
- Jail – From 10 Days to 6 Months
- License Suspension – 1 Year (No restricted license possible)
- 100 to 200 hrs. of community service
- Suspension of your vehicle’s registration
- $40 Victim Impact Panel
- $120 driver license reinstatement fee
- $35 victim compensation penalty.
- $21 for a new drivers license.
- $150 – $250 X 3 years for an SR-22 (assuming you can get insurance)
A 3rd DUI conviction:
- $2,000 to $5,000 court fine
- Prison –1 to 6 Years
- License Suspension – 3 Years
- Restricted License Possible.
- Ignition Interlock Device (If Restricted License Allowed)
- May be subject to Vehicle Registration Suspension
- 3 Year Supervised DUI Program or Treatment (Possible)
- Plus almost everything listed in the 1st DUI arrest
Records of a DUI arrest and/or conviction remain in criminal history files for the rest of your life. A third DUI within seven years or a DUI which involves death or substantial bodily harm are felony offenses. If you are convicted of a felony DUI, you will be charged with a felony in any subsequent DUI arrest. Convictions and license revocations remain on your full DMV record for the rest of your life. A DUI conviction may show on your driver history for up to ten years. A license revocation is reported until the driving privilege is reinstated.
Is that drink or joint before driving really worth it?