DUI and Drug Charges
Las Vegas DUI Attorney
If you or a loved one has been stopped and arrested for DUI in the Las
Vegas area, you know your legal situation is urgent. It is vital to your
future that you consult a
Las Vegas DUI attorney as soon as possible in order to determine the best strategy for your defense.
You probably have a number of questions and need answers right away. At
the Law Office of Chip Siegel we inform clients of their rights and take
the time to answer questions fully. As an experienced lawyer, I have been
assisting clients to protect their rights and their future for many years.
It is common knowledge that illegal use of controlled substances carries
severe criminal penalties. Not as many people are aware that driving while
under the influence of drugs can and will be prosecuted. Even fewer are
aware that driving while under the influence of prescription medications
such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Codeine, Demerol, and other pain killers,
anti-depressants, sedatives, muscle relaxers and many others can result
in arrest and prosecution for DUI of Drugs.
Talk to a Las Vegas DUI lawyer!
When your future is at stake you want to know that you can depend upon
your DUI lawyer to investigate every aspect of your case and to work tirelessly
in preparing a persuasive and well supported defense strategy. After a
thorough discussion of your case we can explain your legal options so
that you can make an informed decision as to how you want to proceed.
We are ready to work with you to pursue a positive outcome in your case.
Under NRS 484C.110 (2011) Driving Under the Influence of Drugs includes
operating a vehicle while under the influence of any "chemical, poison
or organic solvent or any compound or combination of any of these, to
a degree which renders the person incapable of safely driving or exercising
actual physical control of a vehicle" and for operating a vehicle
"with an amount of a prohibited substance in his or her blood or
urine that is equal to or greater than" as follows:
Prohibited Substance – Urine – Blood
Nanograms per Milliliter
- Amphetamine 500 100
- Cocaine 150 50
- Cocaine Metabolite 150 50
- Heroin 2,000 50
- Heroin metabolite
- Morphine 2,000 50
- 6-monoacetyl morphine 10 10
- Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) 25 10
- Marijuana 10 2
- Marijuana metabolite 15 5
- Methamphetamine (meth) 500 100
- Phencyclidine 25 10
Penalties for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
Penalties for a first DUI and Drug offense (DUID) include a jail sentence between
two days and six months or community service, a fine ranging from $400
to $1,000, chemical test fee of $60, Victim Impact Panel and DUI School
or substance abuse treatment at the driver's expense, 90 day suspension
of your driving privileges. Penalties for a second conviction for DUID
within seven years include 10 to 6 months in jail or residential confinement
in a drug treatment center, a fine from $750 up to $1,000 plus court costs
or community service, DUI School and a one year driver's license suspension.
A third DUID in 7 years includes the following penalties: 1 to 6 years
in prison, $2,000, minimum fine up to $5,000, 3 year suspension of driving
privileges or revocation, alcohol and drug evaluation, and Victim Impact
Panel. The arrest and booking process is very intimidating. You may conclude
that you may as well give up and plead guilty. You should be aware that
there may be a number of defenses which could apply to your case. Don't
give up hope before you have discussed your situation with a qualified,
experienced Las Vegas DUI lawyer at our firm.