What Happens In Vegas Does’t Always Stay In Vegas – A Review Of Las Vegas DUI Penalties

Las Vegas DUI Penalties

A DUI conviction in Nevada earns offenders more than just a slap on the wrist and a hefty fine. DUIs result in a complicated assortment of consequences that can easily require thousands of dollars, hours of time, and huge amounts of energy.

Las Vegas has two types of DUI penalties—administrative and criminal.

Las Vegas at night, courtesy of Moyan_Brenn via Flickr

Administrative Penalties

Administrative penalties are imposed by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on you and your license, including the following fees:

  • $65 driver license reinstatement fee
  • $35 Victims Compensation Civil Penalty
  • $21.75 driver license application fee

Keep in mind the administrative penalties above are only applicable to a first DUI offense.  Consequences can become more severe for each additional offense.

Criminal penalties

Criminal penalties are enforced by the courts. For drivers over the age of 21, the following lists provide the criminal penalties for different convictions.

First Conviction:

  • Driver license revoked for 90 days
  • Jail sentence up to six months
    • Or 96 hours of community service
    • Up to $1,000 fine
    • Mandatory DUI school attendance (average cost is $150)
    • Possible order to attend a substance-abuse treatment program

Second Conviction in Seven Years:

  • Driver license revoked for one year
  • Jail sentence or home arrest up to six months
  • Up to $1,000 fine
  • Up to 200 hours of mandatory community service
  • Possible car registration suspension
  • Possible order to attend a substance-abuse treatment program
    • Or undergo clinical supervision for up to one year

Third Conviction in Seven Years:

  • Driver license revoked for three years
  • Prison sentence up to six years
  • Fine up to $5,000
  • Possible car registration suspension

Beyond the penalties listed above that are based on number of offenses, DUIs that cause death or serious injury can result in additional punishments that are significantly more severe. Even on the first offense, a DUI that causes death or serious injury can result in a prison sentence up to 20 years, a fine up to $5,000, and a driver license revocation of three years.

Source: DMV.org, DUI & DWI in Nevada, http://www.dmv.org/nv-nevada/automotive-law/dui.php

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