On October 1, 2018, the laws regarding DUI offenses drastically changed in Nevada. The recent changes specifically deal with the loss of driving privileges which occur when someone is convicted of a DUI.
Technically, there are two different ways a person can lose their license as a result of a DUI: (1) Through the DMV; and (2) Through the Criminal Court.
If a DMV Hearing Officer makes a finding that a person was driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level at or above .08, that will trigger a 90 day loss of driving privileges.
Beginning October 1, 2018, if convicted of DUI in a criminal court, a person will now lose their driving privileges a minimum of an additional 180 days. This 180 day loss of driving privileges runs in addition to the 90 day loss imposed by the DMV. Therefore, a DUI could result in a minimum of 270 days of loss of driving privileges.
The loss of driving privileges will increase to a minimum of 12-36 months if the criminal court makes a finding that the driver had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.18 or higher.
If a person is found to be driving while their license is suspended as a result of a DUI, there are significant penalties. A first time offense will result in a three year driver’s license suspension; a second offense will cause a five year suspension.
However, the new changes in laws do allow for a person who has lost their driving privileges to still drive under strict conditions. To continue legally driving, a person would have to first install a Breath Ignition Interlock Device (BIID) on their vehicle and maintain that device, which requires regular calibration, during their suspension period.
In conclusion, it is obvious from our Legislature that our State has chosen to become even stricter on DUI offenders. That is why it is more important than ever to have an experienced DUI attorney. If you’ve been hit by a drunk driver, you need an experienced car accident attorney. Here at Craig P. Kenny & Associates, we have successfully handled both sides of DUI cases and pride ourselves on fighting hard to preserve the rights of our clients.
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