Have you found yourself in need of a Las Vegas DUI attorney?
Fighting a DUI case is undoubtedly the best option as opposed to immediately pleading guilty. Here are a few reasons why:
- Over 100 substances, medical conditions and equipment malfunctions can trigger a DUI breathalyzers to generate false readings?
- DUI blood testing is not always accurate. When a clients blood sample is re-tested in a third-party laboratory, it is not at all uncommon to get varying results.
- Police officers are supposed to adhere to a uniform set of procedures in DUI investigations. Not all do.
At Craig Kenny and Associates, we handle cases ranging from misdemeanor drunk driving to DUI resulting in injury, Nevada Felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter, and gross vehicular manslaughter.
Regardless of whether this is a first offense or a felony-case, our attorneys will visit the arrest location, evaluate the arresting officers’ training and background, examine all incriminating evidence, including the breathalyzers’ maintenance history, blood samples, police reports and so forth, and we will deconstruct the case to find the problems and issues leading to a successful DUI defense.
If you have been arrested for DUI, please join our firm in a case analysis with a Nevada DUI Lawyer. We start each analysis by hearing your side of the events that transpired, during, and after the arrest. We’ll give you our genuine opinion regarding the likelihood of winning in court and at the Nevada DMV.
The DUI Arrest Process
When pulled over for suspected drunk driving in Nevada, you can expect the officer to ask you to perform a series of field sobriety and breathalyzer tests. After an arrest, the officer will usually ask you to take a blood or breath test at the police station (this test is required. Refusal may result in tougher Nevada DUI penalties).
For most misdemeanor DUI arrests, the police will release you after a brief holding period following booking; however, for a felony DUI, you may be required to post bail.
The DMV process
You must contact the DMV within the first week of your arrest to demand a hearing. Otherwise, you forfeit your right to a hearing, and your license automatically goes into suspension. If you hire a Nevada DUI lawyer, he/she can request the hearing for you. It’s usually better that way because your lawyer can often schedule the hearing further out (so you have more time to prepare) and he/she can sometimes influence which DMV hearing officer is assigned to the case.
Generally speaking, your Nevada DUI attorney conducts the hearing on your behalf. Your attorneys primary objective is to convince the DMV not to suspend your driver’s license; however, your lawyer may also use the hearing as an opportune time to gather useful evidence for court.
At the conclusion of the hearing, the DMV’s hearing officer will take every piece of information into consideration when later issuing a written decision. The decision usually gets mailed out in one to 30 days. If the DMV concludes in your favor, no license suspension is imposed. If the DMV concludes against you, your license goes into suspension within a few days of receiving notice.
License suspension: what to expect
If you’ve found yourself in license suspension, take a deep breath… you can still get a restricted license. A restricted license allows you to drive to and from work and work-related activities, and any court or DMV-imposed program. It is not at all uncommon for our attorneys to get you a restricted license right away, but it must NOT be taken lightly. You must adhere to the suspension requirements while it’s in effect. Operating a vehicle with a suspended license in Nevada is a crime and can lead to jail time and a longer license suspension.
DUI Court Proceedings
Your Nevada DUI attorney can most likely attend all DUI court proceedings on your behalf… that is unless there is a hearing that requires your testimony, or in the event, the case goes to trial. You should know, however, most DUI cases may involve multiple court dates and can last for months. During this time, your Nevada DUI attorney examines evidence, runs motions, and attempts to negotiate with the judge and prosecutor to attain a dismissal or a reduction in charges.
If a settlement is reached that requires your pleading to a DUI or a lesser charge, it can be done one of two ways… You may come to court and plead in person before the judge, or in many cases, your Nevada DUI lawyer can have you sign documents outside of court and plea on your behalf.
In certain circumstances, if a settlement can not be reached, the Nevada DUI case can get sent to trial. Historically speaking, prosecutors and judges often give better deals once a case is set for trial as there are typically more trials on the docket than there are courtrooms available to accommodate them.
Contact Us For Help With Your Nevada DUI Case.
Aside from your immediate injuries (if any) and stress involved with the DUI arrest itself, the most devastating side effect from a DUI arrest is the long-term repercussions: a permanent criminal record and a bad driving record. Hiring an experienced Nevada DUI defense attorney gives you your best chance of avoiding both. At Craig Kenny and Associates, we invite you to meet with us and explore options for fighting your Nevada DUI case. Contact the best Las Vegas car accident law firm today at (702) 380-2800 today to speak with an experienced DUI attorney regarding your case.