If you or somebody you care about has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence In Las Vegas, we understand that this can be a scary experience. While you may think about handling this situation yourself, please understand that a knowledgeable and experienced Las Vegas DUI attorney is going to be invaluable in this situation. At Okabe & Haushalter, we are going to conduct an independent investigation into the charges against you and work with the prosecution to get them reduced or dismissed altogether.
The crime of driving under the influence (DUI) can be punished severely with heavy penalties. While penalties for felony DUI, such as having multiple offenses or causing a fatal accident, are notably harsher, there are still significant consequences for even a first offense.
Potential penalties for a first DUI include the following:
All too often, defendants will simply plead guilty and accept the penalties without realizing that DUI cases are not as open and shut as some would have you believe. Therefore, it is vital you have an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer to represent you and fight for you.
If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence in Las Vegas or elsewhere in Nevada, Okabe & Haushalter can provide you with the legal information you need. You may be unfamiliar with the DUI codes and procedures in this state, especially if this is your first arrest.
View below to familiarize yourself with the DUI laws in the state of Nevada:
There are three standard field sobriety tests that are used by police officers in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada approved by the NHTSA. All three of these tests are ones you have probably seen on TV, and include:
We recommend that you not take any field sobriety tests after being pulled over for driving under the influence in Las Vegas. Yes, a refusal to perform a field sobriety test may trigger an arrest, but you also not be giving the police or prosecutors any additional information to use against you in court, such as a failed test. These tests are difficult, even for those who have not been drinking alcohol. At Okabe & Haushalter, our Las Vegas DUI lawyers have extensive experience helping clients who have taken and failed field sobriety tests. Even if you took a test and allegedly “failed,” we are still going to work diligently to formulate a sound defense on your behalf.
Any criminal charges should be defended by a skilled attorney, and DUI charges are no exception. There is no reason to assume you will be convicted. In many cases that we defend, we discover that serious errors in police procedure took place and we can get the case dismissed. For this reason, after an arrest, the first and most critical action is to contact our firm. Do not enter a courtroom for any hearing without one of our legal team there to represent you. We are a well-respected and proven defense law firm that has extensive experience in defending DUI charges.
Defending DUI takes experience, skill, and a deep knowledge of all aspects of DUI law: testing devices, case law, the science behind breath and blood testing, as well as the law with regard to arrest procedure and probable cause. A creative, effective attorney from our firm can seek out the defense opportunities in your case and expand upon them to bring your case to court.
Per the Nevada Revised Statutes, it is illegal for an individual under 21 years of age who has been drinking or taking drugs to drive or otherwise be in physical control of a vehicle. Nevada has a “zero tolerance” policy for minors. If your BAC is over 0.02%—no matter if you are under the influence or not—you can be charged with DUI. If you are under 21 and convicted of DUI, you will have to undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation to find out whether you have abuse problems. Your driver’s license will be suspended for at least 90 days. In addition, you will have to attend DUI school, pay fines, and serve 2 days to 6 months in juvenile hall or jail. Commonly, for a first time offender, time spent in juvenile hall or jail is either suspended or changed to community service. There is also a 7-year waiting period before your criminal record is sealed.
At Okabe & Haushalter, our vast experience means we can attack your case aggressively from the onset. We can obtain the police reports, lab reports, maintenance history of the breath machine and other relevant documents in search of information or evidence that will contribute to your defense. For example, we may be able to have your case thrown out due to a discovery that the arresting officer had no just cause to pull you over in the first place. Otherwise, field sobriety tests and blood or breath tests may be found to have been administered incorrectly, misread, or otherwise lacking in reliability. This can cause the case against you to collapse on lack of evidence. Whatever is needed in your case, we can fight in an effort to defend your rights and freedom. We can also represent you in a DMV hearing in an attempt to protect your license.
Contact a Las Vegas DUI defense lawyer for help attempting to avoid a DUI conviction!