Nevada DUI Laws
Nevada Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Laws
With it’s glitzy 24-hour casinos, expansive desert, and attractions such as the Hoover Dam, Nevada surely has something for everybody. The Silver State also has something for those who drink alcohol and/or do drugs and drive under the influence: strict laws and big penalties.
Nevada has laws against driving under the influence similar to those in other states — namely that a person will be in violation of the law if he or she is driving or is in physical control of a motor vehicle and is either:
Prescription Drugs and Driving
If a Nevada motorist’s driving is impaired by drugs. whether the person has a legal prescription, he or she can be prosecuted the same as an alcohol-related DUI. Whether it is Percocet or Vicodin, if the driver is exhibiting signs of being under the influence such as swerving, weaving, or driving under the speed limit, he or she can be arrested and charged with a DUI in Nevada.
If you have been arrested and charged with impaired driving, there may still be hope to resolve your case. It is wise to discuss possible defenses with your attorney to see if one may apply in your case. Common defenses include an invalid reason for the traffic stop, a procedural mistake by the officer at the time of the arrest, a discrepancy with the breath or blood sample you provided.
This chart lays out the basics of Nevada’s DUI laws: