DUI and Drug Defense in Las Vegas
Legal Guidance from Attorney Siegel
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 as well.
Even fewer are aware that driving while under the influence of prescription medications such as the ones in the following list can result in arrest and prosecution for DUI of Drugs:
- Pain killers
- Muscle relaxers
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
- 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. Call now!
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